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The Ides of March, directed by George Clooney, placed second, grossing an estimated $3.5 million on the strength of adult moviegoers intrigued by the political drama. Ides stars Clooney, Ryan Gosling and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
As it stands now, Real Steel is headed for a $24 million to $26 million debut, short of the hoped-for $30 million or better opening. However, if families turn out in force over the weekend, the DreamWorks movie could make up some ground and end up north of $27 million. Real Steel cost $110 million to produce, and also is opening this weekend in a number of key foreign markets.
Ides of March, distributed by Sony and fully financed by Cold Creek Pictures, is projected to earn $10.5 million or better for the weekend, a good number considering the film cost $12.5 million to produce. Sony is hoping to best the $10.4 million earned by Clooney starrer Michael Clayton on its first weekend in nationwide release.
CinemaScores won’t be released until Saturday night for either film.
Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment’s Dolphin Tale placed No. 3 on its third Friday, grossing $2.4 million for a domestic cume of $42.3 million, followed by Sony’s Brad Pitt baseball drama Moneyball with an estimated $2.3 million for a cume of $44 million.
Summit Entertainment and Mandate Pictures’ Seth Rogen–Joseph Gordon-Levitt film 50/50 paced No. 5, grossing an estimated $1.8 million for a cume of $13.6 million in its first eight days in release.
Faith-based pic Courageous, from Sherwood Pictures and TriStar, came in No. 6, grossing $1.4 million on its second Friday for a total $12.7 million.
Daniel Craig–Rachel Weisz horror movie Dream House followed with $1.36 million for a cume of $11.4 million in its first eight days.
Disney 3D re-release of The Lion King fell to No. 8, grossing an estimated $1.2 million for domestic total of $82.6 million. The re-release has become a box office blockbuster, and is still playing in more than 2,260 theaters, even thought the Diamond Blu-Ray edition of the film was released on Oct. 4.
What’s Your Number? came in No. 9 on its second Friday, grossing an estimated $1 million for a disappointing cume of $8.3 million. Fox is distributing the Anna Faris–Chris Evans R-rated comedy, which was produced and fully financed by New Regency.
Taylor Lautner action pic Abduction, from Lionsgate, rounded out the top 10, grossing an estimated $865K for a cume of $21.3 million.
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