Real Steel grossed $1.47 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh straight day. With the release of Paramount's Footloose today, Real Steel is widely expected to fall out of first place today. After falling off fairly quickly from Monday through Wednesday, Real Steel stabilized on Thursday as it increased 5 percent over Wednesday. However, it should be noted that family fare in general experienced strong daily percentage increases on Thursday. Real Steel was easily the week's top film with a seven-day start of $35.44 million. That was towards the higher end of expectations and places the film 4 percent behind the pace of 2008's Eagle Eye.
Sony's The Ides of March rounded out its first week in theatres with $0.91 million for the day. The George Clooney directed political thriller starring Clooney and Ryan Gosling was up 1 percent over Wednesday. That represented one of the day's weaker daily holds among wide releases. The Ides of March finished in second place this week with a seven-day start of $14.65 million. That was in line with expectations and was slightly ahead of the $13.81 million 2007's Michael Clayton grossed in its first week of wide release.
Fellow Sony release Moneyball held steady in third with $0.65 million. The baseball film starring Brad Pitt was up 5 percent over Wednesday and down a healthy 26 percent from last Thursday. Moneyball took fourth place for the week with $10.46 million. That was down 34 percent from the previous frame and places the film's three-week total at a solid $52.21 million. Moneyball is currently running 10 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Burn After Reading.
50/50 grossed $0.57 million to remain in fourth place. The Summit release starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen was up 7 percent over Wednesday and down just 23 percent from last Thursday. After opening on the low end of expectations in its first week, 50/50 fell only 31 percent this week to score a weekly take of $8.19 million. That was good enough for fifth place this week and places the film's two-week total at $20.02 million.
Warner's Dolphin Tale rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.55 million. The 3D family film was up 17 percent over Wednesday and down a slim 19 percent from last Thursday. Dolphin Tale finished in third for the week with $12.42 million. That was down 25 percent from the previous week and places the film's three-week total at a better than expected $52.33 million. Dolphin Tale is currently running 32 percent ahead of the pace of last year's Secretariat.
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