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.
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