‘Real Steel’ tops weekend box office with $27 million

Real Steel Box Office

Real Steel, the Hugh Jackman flick about boxing robots, was the top film at North American theaters this weekend, generating $27.3 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates. The movie, which is based on the 1956 short story Steel by Richard Matheson, added $22.1 million in 19 overseas markets for a worldwide total of $49.4 million.

Real Steel is a good sign for DreamWorks, which had disappointing results with movies earlier this year. It rebounded recently with Emma Stone’s The Help, a film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same title.

The weekend’s other new release, George Clooney and Ryan Gosling’s The Ides of March came in second place, with $10.4 million. Third place went to Morgan Freeman’s Dolphin Tale, with $9.2 million while Brad Pitt’s baseball drama Moneyball and 50/50, a movie loosely based on the life of screenwriter Will Reiser starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, rounded out the top five.