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Hugh Jackman's Real Steel is US box office champ

Real Steel

Story by Jack Foley

HUGH Jackman’s futuristic boxing drama Real Steel easily topped the US box office in its firs week of release with a $27.3 million opening.

Directed by Shawn Levy and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the film finds Jackman playing a former boxer who, against all odds, gets one last shot at a comeback when he teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train the perfect contender for the now hi-tech sport of robot boxing.

Costing an estimated $110 million to produce, Real Steel still has its work cut out to recoup its costs and turn out profitable enough to warrant the sequels that Disney and DreamWorks are secretly hoping will result.

But it has achieved the first target of opening at No.1, while overseas it pulled in a further $22.1 million from 19 countries for a world-wide debut of $49.4 million. The film opens in the UK this coming Friday (October 14).

Elsewhere at the US box office, George Clooney’s political drama “The Ides of March”/Film-Review/the-ides-of-march-film-trailer, starring himself and Ryan Gosling, opened in second spot with $10.4 million.

Clooney also directs the film while the strong ensemble cast also includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.

Last week’s box office champ, Dolphin Tale, slipped to third with $9.2 million while Brad Pitt’s Moneyball ($7.5 million) and cancer comedy 50/50 ($5.5 million) rounded out the top five.

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