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

     October 8, 2011


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
  • Ed1975

    Real Steal?

  • Vincennes

    I would have liked to see ‘Dirty Girl’ and ‘The Way’ get a nationwide release. They both have interesting casts (‘Dirty Girl’ – Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Dwight Yoakam) (‘The Way’ – Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt, Tchéky Karyo) with some stars who should be doing more mainstream movies. It would have been interesting to see how they would have done commercially if released nationwide and they deserve better than to go unnoticed by the public now.

  • Sheldon Ashcroft

    Being a film about politics, The Ides of March is a very important movie.
    Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp should be doing films like this.

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