Dreamworks ‘Real Steel’ punches its weight straight to number 1 at the US box office and is the audience number 1 movie!
The film grossed $27.3 million over the weekend as Hugh Jackman kept George Clooney on the ropes knocking out competition ‘The Ides of March’ in a box office brawl. Real Steel took a further $22.1 million from international markets but the real story is the film’s audience reaction – punching well above its competition.
The action thriller starring Hugh Jackman proved a massive hit with all audiences and particularly under 25s, receiving a rare ‘A’ rating from CinemaScore – the official US rating’s agency judging cinema goers experiences. Combining incredible effects with sci-fi nods and family themes in a big-budget action thriller “Real Steel” is about family as well, centering on a broken relationship between a father and son. About 25% of the US audience this weekend consisted of parents and their children, and the movie appealed mostly to men, who made up 66% of the crowd.
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
“Real Steel” is directed by Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum” franchise and “Date Night”). The film also stars Lost’s Evangeline Lilly.
Real Steel opens in the UK on October 14th. Certificate PG.