Real Steel Wins Box Office War for a Second Straight Weekend

Posted by at 12:12 pm on October 17, 2011

DreamWorks Pictures’ Real Steel narrowly won first place at the weekend box office to top for a second straight weekend. The Hugh Jackman-starrer added an estimated $16.3 million to bring its two-week total to $51.7 million domestically. The Shawn Levy-directed action drama, distributed by Disney, finished first overseas as well with $24.2 million for a foreign total of $56.6 million and worldwide total of $108.3 million.

Paramount’s Footloose remake, directed by Craig Brewer and starring Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough, debuted in a close second in North America with $16.1 million from 3,549 theaters. The film was made for about $24 million.

Universal prequel The Thing opened in third place to $8.7 million from 2,996 theaters, which was below studio expectations.

In its second weekend, Columbia’s The Ides of March earned $7.5 million for a total of $22.2 million so far.

Warner Bros.’ Dolphin Tale rounded out the top five with $6.3 million and has collected $58.7 million after four weeks. The family film cost $37 million to produce.

Following in sixth, seventh and eighth, Moneyball earned $5.5 million for a total of $57.7 million after four weeks, 50/50 added $4.3 million for a total of $24.3 million after three weeks, and Courageous brought in $3.4 million for a three-week total of $21.4 million.

20th Century Fox comedy The Big Year, starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson, bombed badly with just $3.3 million from 2,150 theaters, an average of only $1,547 theaters per site.

Internationally, The Three Musketeers came in second behind Real Steel with $20.4 million and has earned $49 million overseas so far. The Paul W.S. Anderson action adventure opens in North America this Friday. Third place went to Johnny English Reborn, which added $17.3 million and is already up to $85.1 million internationally. The comedy doesn’t hit domestic theaters until October 28.

In limited domestic release, Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In opened in six theaters where it earned an impressive $231,000, an average of $38,500 theater. Moviegoers didn’t seek out Joel Schumacher’s TrespassTexas Killing Fields earned only $9,600 from three theaters.

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