'Real Steel' Remains America's Favorite Movie About Boxing Robots

October 17, 2011


Your weekend box office:

1. Real Steel - $16.3 million. Just as Hugh Jackman's scrappy, junkyard boxing robot had everyone asking, "How does he do it?", so too does Jackman's film have crowds begging to know how it has stayed at the top in its second week. The answer is expensive CGI effects involving man-shaped robots punching each other.

2. Footloose - $16.1 million, a lackluster number that can only mean today's teens just aren't familiar with the common rural practice of banning human dancing until an outsider shows them that dancing is fun.

3. The Thing - $8.7 million. With forthcoming films boasting titles like Tower Heist and Man on a Ledge, a description as vague The Thing probably wasn't on-the-nose enough. "Arctic Alien That Looks Like People" would have opened to triple this.

4. The Ides of March - $7.5 million--a number that will have absolutely no bearing on whether or not George Clooney will make another tense political drama in another couple years. He will, whether you're riveted or not.

5. Dolphin Tale - $6.3 million. When does a month-old movie about an injured dolphin beat a new release starring three established stars? When the stars are Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Steve Martin, and the movie is about bird watching.

Weekend Box Office Results [Box Office Mojo]

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