Box Office Report: Hugh Jackman's 'Real Steel' Looking to Open North of $25 Mil

3:25 PM PST 10/07/2011 by Pamela McClintock
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The Shawn Levy-directed pic, from DreamWorks, will easily win the weekend race; George Clooney's political drama 'Ides of March' looking at second-place finish with $11 mil to $12 mil.

DreamWorks’ Real Steel is easily winning its early rounds at the box office and is on course to top the weekend chart with a gross of $25 million or better.

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Starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy, Real Steel is a father-son drama set in the world of robot boxing.

The film, which cost $110 million to produce, will need to turn in a solid performance overseas as well in order to recoup its costs.

DreamWorks and Disney, which is distributing Real Steel, are hoping the movie appeals to both fanboys and families.

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The George Clooney-directed political drama The Ides of March, starring Clooney, Ryan Gosling and Philip Seymour Hoffman is off to a solid start for an adult drama, and looks to gross $11 million to $12 million for the weekend.

About a political operative working for a presidential candidate, Ides of March should benefit from its topical subject matter.

Sony is distributing Ides of March for Gold Circle Films, which fully financed the $12.5 million movie.

Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros.' Dolphin Tale should come in No. 3 for the weekend, followed by Sony's Brad Pitt starrer Moneyball. It's too early to say which film will round out the top five.

 

 

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