“Reel Steel” Retains Box-Office Title

Boxing robots out-performed dancing teens in a close battle at the North American weekend box office as “Reel Steel” racked up an estimated $16.3 million worth of ticket sales to narrowly defeat the remake of the 1984 hit “Footloose,” which earned $16.1 million in its debut.

“Real Steel,” which stars Hugh Jackman, now has $51.7 million from U.S. and Canada theaters. The science fiction film directed by Shawn Levy has earned $56.6 million in the international market for a worldwide box-office total of $108.3 million.

Coming in a far third in the weekend box-office battle was the horror flick “The Thing” with a mediocre $8.7 million, a far cry from its estimated production cost of $38 million. The film serves as a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter movie of the same title. George Clooney’s “The Ides of March” dropped to fourth place with $7.5 million. In fifth place was the family friendly film “Dolphin Tale” with $6.3 million. Rounding out the top ten were “Moneyball,” “50/50,” “Courageous,” “The Big Year,” and “The Lion King 3D.”