Michigan might not have the infamous Hollywood sign, but we have had some impressive Hollywood movies filmed here…and with good reason, too. Firstly, there is Detroit, with a gritty, industrial vibe, Gothic-looking churches, a crystal-clear view of Canada over the river, The Detroit People Mover, and a unique skyline backdrop. Michigan also boasts the history-rich college town of Ann Arbor, white sandy beaches of Lake Michigan along the west side of the state, and a little island right at the tip of the mitten that we like to call Mackinac. With that remarkable list of locations, it’s no wonder why more and more movies are being filmed here.
According to studio estimates, Hugh Jackman’s “Real Steel,” set in a near-future when robot fighters have replaced humans in the ring, debuted at No. 1 with $27.3 million. “Ides of March” opened at No. 2.
Real Steel is the 2011 version of “Rocky.” It’s a movie that’s designed to have audiences cheering for the underdog, and, that’s exactly what happens.
Hugh Jackman’s “Real Steel,” filmed partially in western Michigan, and George Clooney’s “Ides of Match,” which was filmed throughout Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, both head to the box office Friday.
Authorities say a helicopter used in the filming of the Hugh Jackman movie “Real Steel” snagged a power line in Michigan, causing a brief power outage and closing a roadway.