"Real Steel" edges "Footloose" to win box office

Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:03pm EDT
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By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The boxing robots of "Real Steel" had better footwork at the ticket window than the kids in the remake of the 1980s dance classic "Footloose" and held on to the domestic box-office title for a second straight week.

"Real Steel" racked up an estimated $39.6 million in global ticket sales over three days, distributor Walt Disney Co said on Sunday. The film earned $16.3 million of that total from U.S. and Canadian theaters.

"Footloose," the story of teenagers who defy their small town's ban on dancing, was close behind with $16.1 million from U.S. and Canadian theaters.

Appeal to families helped "Real Steel" come out on top, said Dave Hollis, Disney's executive vice president for motion picture sales and distribution. The DreamWorks-produced film stars Hugh Jackman as a father who bonds with his son as they restore a robot to fight for a boxing championship.

To date, the movie has earned $51.7 million at North American theaters plus $56.6 million in international markets, for a combined global tally of $108.3 million.

The "Footloose" debut performed in line with studio expectations and earned an A rating from audiences polled by survey firm CinemaScore, said Don Harris, president of domestic distribution for Paramount Pictures, which released the film.

The remake, which cost about $24 million to make, features Dennis Quaid as a local preacher and lesser-known actors in the lead teenager roles. Kevin Bacon starred in the original 1984 hit.


<p>Australian actor Hugh Jackman poses during a photocall in Munich September 12, 2011 to promote the film "Real Steel". The movie will premiere in Germany on November 10, 2011. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle</p>