October 17, 2011 |
"Footloose" may have the moves, but "Real Steel" strutted past the '80s remake at the box office this past weekend, holding onto its No. 1 spot for the second week in a row. The film about futuristic robot boxing starring Hugh Jackman took in $16.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $51.7 million, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Pictures. Sales were off 40% from the first weekend, a relatively modest decline for an action movie. "Footloose" was a close second at $16.1 million, despite pre-release audience surveys that had indicated it would come out on top. The other two debuts in wide release had far more disappointing openings.
October 14, 2011 |
Nearly three decades after the original "Footloose" became a cultural phenomenon, a remake of the '80s dance flick may shimmy its way back to the top of the box office this weekend. The film is expected to open with close to $20 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience pollings. That gives it a good shot at claiming the No. 1 spot over "Real Steel," the robot-boxing action movie that debuted with $27.3 million last weekend. Starring Hugh Jackman, the picture is expected to bring in an additional $16 million or so this round.
October 10, 2011 |
Hugh Jackman kept George Clooney on the ropes this weekend, as "Real Steel" knocked out its competition in a box office brawl. "Real Steel," set in a futuristic world where Jackman plays trainer to a boxing robot, easily claimed the No. 1 spot, raking in a decent $27.3-million worth of ticket sales domestically, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Pictures. "The Ides of March," a political drama directed by and starring Clooney alongside Ryan Gosling, collected a lesser $10.4 million but was far less expensive a movie to produce.
October 7, 2011 |
George Clooney will suffer a blow from an imposing robot at the box office this weekend. "Real Steel," a PG-13 action film starring Hugh Jackman, is expected to collect around $30 million in U.S. ticket sales upon its debut, according to several people who have seen prerelease audience surveys. Disney and DreamWorks, however, are expecting a softer opening of $23 million to $25 million. Either way, that should be enough to crush the other new film in wide release, the Clooney-directed political drama "Ides of March," which also stars the actor and will probably gross around $11 million.
October 7, 2011
'Real Steel' MPAA rating: PG-13 for some violence, intense action and brief language Running time: 2 hours, 7 minutes Playing: In general release
October 7, 2011 |
"Real Steel" is "Rocky" with robots that look like "Transformers," managed by a "Raging Bull" washout in need of a "Cinderella Man" comeback that's complicated by "The Champ" and "Paper Moon" sorts of parent-child issues, with a sweet bit of "Wall-E"-styled scrap metal who never pulls his punches. Perhaps "Reel Steal" would be the better title. As it happens, this recycled reclamation of underdogs saga is neither as bad as it sounds nor quite as good as it could be, although the 9-year-old bruiser next to me pummeled the armrest, spilled his soda and screamed "awesome" through every one of the fight scenes.