* 'Real Steel' punches up $49.4 million globally
* George Clooney's 'Ides of March' second
By Lisa Richwine
LOS ANGELES, Oct 9 Boxing robots clashed with
Hollywood titan George Clooney at the weekend movie box office,
and the fighting machines came out the winner.
Robot action flick "Real Steel" starring Hugh Jackman
topped the domestic box office and rang up $49.4 million in
global ticket sales. Clooney's political thriller "Ides of
March" finished second.
"Real Steel" brought in an estimated $27.3 million over
three days at U.S. and Canadian theaters, distributor Walt
Disney Co said on Sunday. Ticket sales beat studio forecasts
for an opening in the low- to mid-$20 million range.
The film added $22.1 million from 19 international markets,
for a combined total of $49.4 million. The movie opened in
one-quarter of international markets and will debut more widely
in the coming weeks.
"Real Steel" stars Jackman as a father who works with his
son to restore a battle-ready robot to fight for a
championship. The DreamWorks-produced film cost about $110
million to make and featured giant, remote-controlled robots
rather than computer images common in action and sci-fi films.
The movie drew overwhelmingly positive reactions from
audiences, said Dave Hollis, Disney's executive vice president
for motion picture sales and distribution. The film earned an A
on average from filmgoers polled by CinemaScore, and an A+ from
those under 25.
About 12 percent of sales, or $3.2 million, came from
showings on giant Imax screens.
"Ides of March," the only other new film in wide release,
finished second with $10.4 million domestically, slightly ahead
of studio estimates.
Clooney directed, co-wrote and co-starred in the film as a
Democratic presidential candidate fighting to win a key primary
as a scandal hits his campaign. Ryan Gosling plays the central
character, an ambitious spokesman thrust into a moral dilemma.
Other stars include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and
Cross Creek Pictures produced the film, which was adapted
from an off-Broadway play, for about $12.5 million, and Sony
Corp unit Columbia Pictures distributed the movie in the United
States. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a B on
Last weekend's box office leader, family film "Dolphin
Tale," fell to third place with $9.2 million. The feel-good
movie, based on the true story of an injured dolphin
rehabilitated with a prosthetic tail, has brought in $49.1
million since its debut.
Baseball drama "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt, stayed in
the game during its third week in theaters. The movie earned
$7.5 million, landing in fourth place and bringing the total
since its release to $49.3 million.
Taking fifth place was "50/50," a buddy comedy about a
young man's battle with cancer. The film generated $5.5 million
domestically during its second weekend in theaters. Its total
ticket sales to date sit at $17.3 million.
"Dolphin Tale" was distributed by Warner Bros, a unit of
Time Warner Inc . "Ides of March" and "Moneyball" were
released by Columbia Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp. Summit
Entertainment released "50/50."