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'Real Steel' edges 'Footloose' for No. 1 at box office

Still of Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo in the 2011 film 'Real Steel.' (Photo courtesey of DreamWorks)

October 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
It's a tight race at the box office this weekend. But for now, robots who box are the reigning champions.

"Real Steel," starring Hugh Jackman, came in first for the second straight week, pulling in $16.3 million. Last weekend the movie debuted at No. 1 with $27.3 million.

The re-make of "Footloose" opened with a close $16.1 million, which means it could push ahead once final figures are released Monday.

"The Thing" about Antarctic researchers stalked by a shape-shifting alien, opened at No. 3 with $8.7 million.

The top 10 movies of the weekend were:

1. "Real Steel," $16.3 million ($23.3 million international).
2. "Footloose," $16.1 million.
3. "The Thing," $8.7 million ($1.5 million international).
4. "The Ides of March," $7.5 million.
5. "Dolphin Tale," $6.3 million.
6. "Moneyball," $5.5 million.
7. "50/50," $4.3 million.
8. "Courageous," $3.4 million.
9. "The Big Year," $3.3 million.
10. "The Lion King," $2.7 million ($5.2 million international).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.