Real Steel led the way at the Columbus Day box office on Monday with $3.41 million. The pricey Disney released DreamWorks film starring Hugh Jackman registered the fifth largest unadjusted Columbus Day gross ever (2004's Shark Tale holds that record with $5.27 million). Real Steel fell 57 percent from Sunday, which didn't represent the greatest daily hold given that Monday's grosses across the board received a boost from Columbus Day. Real Steel is still running in line with pre-release expectations with a four-day start of $30.73 million. That places the film 2 percent behind the pace of 2008's Eagle Eye.
Warner's Dolphin Tale fell just 38 percent from Sunday to claim second place on Monday with $1.72 million. The 3D family film was up 181 percent over last Monday. Columbus Day is historically very kind to family films and the trend clearly continued this year with Dolphin Tale. Yesterday saw Dolphin Tale clear the $50 million domestic mark. Dolphin Tale has grossed $50.76 million in 18 days, which places the film 34 percent ahead of the pace of last year's Secretariat.
Sony's The Ides of March finished in third place with $1.33 million. The George Clooney directed political thriller starring Clooney and Ryan Gosling fell 52 percent from Sunday. The modestly budgeted film has grossed $11.80 million in four days, which is towards the lower end of expectations. The Ides of March is currently running 4 percent behind the pace of 2007's Michael Clayton (which had the added benefit of one week of platform release).
Fellow Sony release Moneyball took fourth with $1.02 million. The critically acclaimed baseball drama starring Brad Pitt was down 49 percent from Sunday and up 20 percent over last Monday. Like Dolphin Tale, Moneyball also surpassed the $50 million domestic mark yesterday. The 18-day total for Moneyball stands at $50.23 million.
The Lion King 3D rounded out Monday's top five with $0.80 million. Disney's 3D re-issue of its 1994 animated blockbuster was down 44 percent from Sunday and up 40 percent from last Monday. The 25-day total for The Lion King 3D stands at $86.81 million. That places the current lifetime domestic gross of The Lion King at $415.35 million.
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