Oliver Stone got a little greedy with his redux of Wall Street, putting his hand back in the cookie jar for seconds and coming out ahead of everyone else at this weekend's box office.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps didn't open as big as last week's The Town, but it did bring in a nice $19 Million, which was good enough for a first place finish atop the charts. That's the largest opening yet for director Oliver Stone, with his World Trade Center opening to just over $18 Million (that movie went on to gross $70 Million at the box office).
Coming in a surprising second place is Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. The movie grossed $16.3 Million this weekend, though The Town brought in $16 Million for a neck-and-neck finish. Reports Saturday were that The Town was a couple million ahead of Ga'Hoole, so these estimates may change by the time the actuals release later today.
The Town's impressive $16 Million is a drop of only 32% from last weekend, meaning audiences sure haven't grown tired of this heist movie. The movie had a budget of just $37 Million and after this weekend it's flirting with $50 Million total thus far. Easy A also saw a very marginal drop, losing only 39% of its audience and bringing in another $10 Million towards its $8 Million budget. The movie sits at roughly $32 Million so far, making it a huge success for the studio.
This week's other big opening, You Again, managed a distant fifth place finish with only $8.5 Million. Thanks Betty White!
Of note is The Other Guys, which finally fell out of the top ten after eight weeks of release. The movie grossed $116 Million and is a solid success for Ferrell and crew. Inception is still kicking around in the top ten, but will most likely fall out after next weekend. At eleven weeks running, that's not too shabby (and stands as the longest summer film this year in the top ten).
Weekend Box Office – Top 10
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – $19 Million
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole – $16.3 Million
The Town – $16 Million
Easy A – $10.7 Million
You Again – $8.3 Million
Devil - $6.4 Million
Resident Evil: Afterlife – $4.9 Million
Alpha and Omega – $4.7 Million
Takers - $1.6 Million
Inception - $1.24 Million
The Box Office Beat
September 17th – The Town Stole the Weekend
September 10th – Resident Evil Gets an After Life at the Box Office
September 3rd - Americans Prefer The American
August 27th – The Last Exorcism Makes Big Scares at the Box Office
August 20th – The Expendables Dominate at the Box Office…Again!
August 13th – The Expendables Explode at the Box Office
August 6th – The Other Guys Topple Inception
Article written by Matt Wehner on GotchaMovies.com. Reposted with permission.
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