Shawn Levy's Real Steel to dominate box office. Sony's The Ides of March contends lower ranks.
Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie and Kevin Durand action sci-fi boxing flick Real Steel finds over 3,300 theaters, ready to knock out opponents this upcoming weekend. The Shawn Levy-directed film scripted by John Gattins, based on the short story by Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Leven, is produced by legendary Robert Zemeckis as well as Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Mary McLaglen and Josh McLaglen.
Pic should track well in a wide age group, landing both young teens and adults, as well as avid boxing fans, keen to see robots duke it out in the ring, with boxing training from the one and only Sugar Ray Leonard.
Real Steel is a gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech. Jackman stars 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.
Sony's Ides of March should turn in decent enough coin for a second position take over current field toppers Dolphin Tale, Moneyball and Lion King. Drama is powered by a stunningly talented field including George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Wright, Max Minghella and Evan Rachel Wood. Clooney helms from a script he wrote with Smokehouse production company partner Grant Heslov as well as Beau Willimon, who wrote the play on which the film is based. Pic opens in around 2,000 theaters.
The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency.
The rest of the field are limited to indie openers, offering a buffet of genres. Magnolia Pictures sends out their western Blackthorn into 6 theaters, with a cast lead by Sam Shepard. Mateo Gil (Nobody Knows Anybody, Agora) directs. This one's available on VOD if you're unable to get to theaters.
Weinstein Co releases their Dirty Girl drama into 9 theaters, starring Year One's Juno Temple, Jeremy Dozier, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Dwight Yoakam and Tim McGraw. Expect a strong per-theater average from the Abe Sylvia-directed and written film.
Crime drama Texas Killing Fields includes some big names, frontlined by Avatar star Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain, Chloë Grace Moretz, Stephen Graham and Annabeth Gish. Anchor Bay Films distributes this one into 11 locations.
Emilio Estevez directs father Martin Sheen in the comedy The Way, sent out by Producers Distribution Agency. Pic sees 30 theaters.
For those up for a gruesome, nauseating journey, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) arrives via IFC in 18 theaters. Tom Six's thriller stars Lawrence R. Harvey, Aslynn Yennie, Dominic Borrelli and Georgey Goodrick.
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