In North American Real Steel battled remakes, around the world the fight is against The Three Musketeers. Now the musketeers certainly know their way around a sword but Atom (the main robot) from Real Steel can take a punch or two and still stand. Ultimately he is made of steel and the musketeers, well, a bit underpowered in a direct confrontation against a machine. No surprise that Real Steel remained undefeated for another week.
Yes, I know I’m writing about box office here and Real Steel came on top because it made more money, not because the titular robot character could probably take on The Three Musketeers in a direct fight and win. What can I say, I like taking a different approach sometimes and speaking of taking things, Real Steel took $23.3 million for a new total of $56.6 million internationally and $108.3 million worldwide. If I were to guess where this could end up, and I am guessing, I’d say $230 million worldwide would be about right.
The Three Musketeers grossed another $20.9 million last weekend for 2nd place, siting at $49 million so far. Made on an estimated $75 million budget, I think this movie is well on its way to profitability since it will finish with over $120 million internationally and add another $30-40 million from North America where it opens on Friday.
Johnny English Reborn was 3rd with $17.3 million and $85.1 million so far. This also opens in North America on Friday and it should get $15-20 million from there without much trouble. The 2003 Johnny English finished with $160.5 million worldwide so I think this new one should end up with more, probably over $180 million.
4th place has The Lion King 3D with $5.2 million and you might notice a rather big gap between this and 3rd place. You see, business is not exactly booming around the world at the box office, particularly because there’s not much out there right now. Back to The Lion King, a movie that has now grossed $912.3 million worldwide and should become the 2nd biggest animated movie of all time, as soon as it passes the $919.8 million made by Shrek 2.
Friends with Benefits finished in 5th place, $4.5 million, $84.5 million internationally, $140.3 million worldwide and I’ll give one last paragraph to Rise of the Planet of the Apes with $4.4 million for 6th place. $255.4 million is how much it made internationally and $430.7 million is the worldwide total. For reference the 2001 Planet of the Apes made $363.2 worldwide.