While “Real Steel” did not ultimately have the sort of beginning at the American box office that many people initially predicted, the Hugh Jackman film can at least celebrate one thing — doing at least a little bit better than many people initially projected.
1. Real Steel ($27.3 million) – After picking up $8.6 million on Friday, bigger crowds turned out for the movie over the weekend — that being said, it has a long ways to go in order to recoup its budget of $110 million.
2. The Ides of March ($10.4 million) – The goal for this movie in its first weekend was to come close to tying up George Clooney’s “Michael Clayton,” and his new effort did just that. (It will have its budget recouped by next weekend).
3. Dolphin Tale ($9.16 million) – Hooray for dolphins! Despite dropping to #3 this weekend, the movie only dropped 34%. It is not near the $50 million mark.
4. Moneyball ($7.5 million) – Another strong holdover, Brad Pitt’s sports drama only dropped close to 38% — and like “Dolphin Tale,” it is just an inch or to away from the $50 million mark.
5. “50/50” ($5.5 million) – The good news here is that in its second weekend, the dramedy lost only 36% of its audience. The great news? With over $17 million in the bank, Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have doubled their budget. (The hope is still that this movie holds over well.)