Friday Box Office – REAL STEEL Enters Ring with $8.6 Million Debut

     October 8, 2011

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For the first time in a month, a brand new movie is set to top the weekend box office (the re-release of The Lion King doesn’t really count).  Real Steel, the heartwarming tale of an ex-fighter, a robot and a dream, entered the ring on Friday with an estimated $8.6 million from 3,440 locations.  That means that the Disney/Dreamworks release is on track to take in at least $25 million by Sunday – more than any new release has scored since August.  Still, with a budget rumored to top $100 million, Real Steel would need to claim a bigger purse before it could call itself a bonafide box office champ.  The weekend’s second new release was never destined to be a big money contender; but with a Friday opening of $3.5 million from 2,199 locations, George Clooney’s The Ides of March should at least finish in the modest $10 million range that many expected.  Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Real Steal $8,600,000 $8.6
2 Ides of March $3,500,000 $3.5
3 Dolphin Tale $2,400,000 $42.3
4 Moneyball $2,200,000 $43.9
5 50/50 $1,800,000 $13.6
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