real steel robots Box Office: Hugh Jackman's 'Real Steel' tops Friday with $8.55 millionThe Hugh JackmanEvangeline Lilly robot boxing movie “Real Steel” led the Friday box office with $8.55 million in earnings, which puts it on pace for a $25 million opening weekend. According to The Wrap, that number is in line with pre-release estimates, though the studio was hoping the film would perhaps top $30 million.

“The Ides of March,” George Clooney‘s fourth directorial effort, was second with a $3.45 million opening, putting it on pace for a $10-$11 million opening weekend, which is a bit softer than Sony was expecting.

The rest of the Top 10 is as follows:

3. “Dolphin Tale,” $2.4 M
4. “Moneyball,” $2.23 M
5. “50/50,” $1.78 M
6. “Courageous,” $1.4 M
7. “Dream House,” $1.36 M
8. “The Lion King” (in 3D), $1.2 M
9. “What’s Your Number?”, $1.03 M
10. “Abduction,” 850 K