Weekend Boxoffice: Hugh Jackman's 'Real Steel' knocks out George Clooney's 'The Ides of March'

Real Steel

With only two wide releases this weekend, the number one position at the box office is either going to Hugh Jackman's Real Steel or George Clooney's The Ides of March. It isn't a fair fight really. Where as Clooney's The Ides of March is rated R, Jackman's Real Steel is rated a family friendly PG-13, so the money is on Real Steel to be on top. But the question is by how much?

Projected to take in $25 million over the weekend, Real Steel overachieved and is expected to bring in $27 million when it's all said and done. Cue the sequel talks. On the other hand, The Ides of March underperformed. It was projected to make at least $13 million but will only make about $10.4 million instead.

Dolphin Tale continues on strong in its third week of release, taking in $9.2 million for the third spot and topping the fourth place Moneyball ($7.5 million) for second consecutive week.

Now that this week's contest is all but over, it's time to look toward next week's where we'll see if Real Steel can hold onto the belt when it faces the new competitors: The Thing, Footloose and The Big Year.

1) Real Steel - $27.3M
2) The Ides of March - $10.4M
3) Dolphin Tale - $9.2M
4) Moneyball - $7.5M
5) 50/50 - 5.5M

Check out the rest over at Boxofficemojo.com.

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