The robot boxing live-action flick Real Steel took the number one spot both in North America and around the world last weekend. While west of the Atlantic there wasn’t much of a fight, internationally Johnny English Reborn gave Real Steel a run for its money.
Real Steel generated $27.3 million in North America and $22.1 million in 19 other markets bringing the flick to a worldwide box office total of $54.6 million so far. For something released in October this would be a great number but unfortunately for Real Steel, the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie came with a hefty price tag rumored to be somewhere around $147 million. In the US the movie could end up grossing over $100 million with good word of mouth while internationally the sky is the limit as they say. But I think over $200 million would be a more down to earth guess. Ultimately, it’s not going to be easy for Real Steel to become profitable.
The Ides of March took 2nd place in North America with $10.4 million. Coming from Sony, this was the other new release of the weekend.
Internationally Johnny English Reborn was 2nd with $21.1 million for a total of $61.3 million so far. The movie comes out in North America in little over a week so I’m expecting $20 something million from there also.
Dolphin Tale was 3rd with $9.1 million domestically for $51.3 million total while Moneyball was 4th with $7.4 million and a $50.9 million total. This two have had 21 days in release so far and are still going at it stronger then ever. My money is still on Moneyball taking the edge when all will be said and done.
Finally for North America, 50/50 was 5th with $5.6 million for $18.9 million in 12 days. Before I switch back to international box office I have to mention The Lion King 3D, 7th place with an epic $87.1 million made in 26 days. This is now just 0.5 million shy of the $900 million worldwide mark. Actually, considering how much money The Lion King 3D makes on a given day, I think it’s already there so congrats to Disney for bringing back a 17 year old series and making it the most successful movie of the autumn thus far.
Back to international box office where, maybe you didn’t hear but The Smurfs isn’t number one for the first time in 9 weeks, wow. Yep, the live-action debut of the animated classic was 3rd for the first time ever with $8.5 million for a ridiculous worldwide total of $532.7 million.
4th place has Rise of the Planet of the Apes with $7.8 million for a total of $418.4 million worldwide. Execs at Fox must feel so proud of themselves right about now. In 5th place The Lion King 3D grossed another $7.3 million and as mentioned above, it’s just shy of $900 million making it the 20th movie to ever reach that mark worldwide.