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Weekend Wrap-Up for September 17-19, 2010

Four Openers Breathe Life Into Dead Box Office

By John Hamann

September 19, 2010

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Sixth starts the bad memories of last weekend, as Takers finishes with only $3 million. Now in its fourth weekend, the Screen Gems effort fell 47% from last weekend, but is another win in the Screen Gems column. Takers has earned $52.3 million against a budget of only $32 million. It's been a winning year for the studio, as they have released Legion ($65 million worldwide, $26 million budget), Dear John ($80 million domestic, $25 million budget), Death at a Funeral ($43 million domestic, $21 million budget), and now Takers, Resident Evil: Extinction, and Easy A.

Seventh goes to Clooney's The American, a film that started strong but faded fast. In its third weekend, The American took in only $2.8 million and was off 51%. The $20 million Focus film has now earned $32.9 million.

Eighth is Inception, which is ten weekends old. Inception earned $2 million and was off 28%. It has earned $285.2 million domestic, and $450 million overseas.




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The Other Guys finishes ninth in its seventh weekend. The Will Ferrell flick took in $2 million and was off 40%. It has a running total of $115.4 million against a $100 million budget.

Tenth goes to Eat Pray Love, which is in its sixth frame. The Julia Roberts flick earned $1.7 million this weekend, and has a domestic total of $77.7 million.

Overall this weekend, things were a lot better than last weekend, and about the same as last year. This weekend, the top 12 films brought in $88.5 million, much better than the $65.8 million brought in last weekend, and on target with the $87.3 million brought in over the same weekend last year. A year ago, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs opened to $30 million, and went on to earn $125 million domestically. Next weekend, 300 and Watchmen director Zack Snyder brings a kids flick about owls to the big screen in Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Oliver Stone finally opens Wall Street 2, and Kristen Bell and Betty White open You Again.


Top Weekend Box Office for 9/17/10-9/19/10 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Town Warner Bros. Pictures $23,800,000 $23,808,032 0.0% $23,808,032
2 Easy A SONY $18,200,000 $17,734,040 New $17,734,040
3 Devil Universal $12,584,320 $12,289,375 - 2.3% $12,289,375
4 Resident Evil: Afterlife Screen Gems (Sony) $10,100,000 $10,002,592 - 1.0% $43,893,958
5 Alpha & Omega Lionsgate N/A $9,106,906 New $9,106,906
6 Takers Screen Gems (Sony) $3,000,000 $3,026,285 + 0.9% $52,372,349
7 The American Focus Features $2,756,258 $2,672,521 New $32,772,475
8 The Other Guys Columbia Pictures (Sony) $2,000,000 $1,972,046 - 1.4% $115,403,440
9 Inception Warner Bros. Pictures $2,015,000 $1,967,137 - 2.4% $285,129,855
10 Machete Fox $1,700,000 $1,755,550 New $24,391,354
11 Eat Pray Love Sony/Columbia $1,700,000 $1,614,431 - 5.0% $77,600,235
12 The Expendables Lionsgate $1,400,000 $1,373,298 - 1.9% $101,020,533
  Also Opening/Notables
  Catfish Universal $255,252 $257,285 New $257,285
  Never Let Me Go Fox Searchlight $120,830 $111,734 - 7.5% $156,733
  Jack Goes Boating Overture Films $30,000 $28,916 - 3.6% $28,916
  Leaves of Grass First Look $25,075 $20,987 New $20,987
  Kings of Pastry First Run Features N/A $15,162 New $22,428
  On the Bowery Milestone Films N/A $13,226 New $13,226
  The Other City Cabin Films N/A $10,396 New $10,396
  Undertow United Artists N/A $7,051 New $7,051
  Picture Me Strand N/A $6,718 New $6,718
  The Freebie Phase 4 $4,500 $4,309 New $4,309
  El Superstar Cinema Libre N/A $2,330 New $2,330
  Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo Cinema Puratoro N/A $2,198 New $2,198
  The Temptation of St. Tony Olive Films N/A $747 New $747
  The Girl (flickan) Olive Films N/A $712 New $712
  I'm Still Here Magnolia $115,000 $113,333 New $259,290
  The Romantics Four of a Kind Productions $25,000 $25,875 New $81,173
  Bran Nue Dae Freestyle $19,244 $18,062 New $51,108
  Going the Distance Warner Bros. Pictures $1,320,000 $1,355,246 + 2.7% $16,771,305
  The Last Exorcism Lionsgate $1,250,000 $1,211,349 - 3.1% $40,113,370
  The Tillman Story Weinstein Co. $61,300 $60,680 New $519,371
Click here for all weekend data
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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