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Weekend Box-Office: September 17-19, 2010

09.19.2010


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Cheer up fellas, your movie is #1!!!

JoBlo.com readers hit this one out of the park last weekend, when we asked, "What film do you think will be #1 next weekend?". You chose THE TOWN as the overwhelming #1 film and you were right as the movie opened huge with close to $24M in its first three days of release alone. The Emma Stone-starring EASY A didn't do too shabbily either in second place with about $18M, while the M. Night Shyamalan-produced DEVIL opened with a decent $13M in third place. The latter movie might've received more positive buzz had the studio previewed it for critics, as many seem to be enjoying it including our very own Arrow, Jim Law and several schmoes on the MFC (the avg. score of 7.6/10 from 5 reviews so far).

The greater news for all three movies is that they all had low budgets, so it appears as though they'll all be considered "successful" pretty soon. Affleck's film only cost $37M, while EASY A cost less than $10M! I can't imagine that DEVIL cost a lot more than that. The only new movie of the weekend that didn't impress many was the kid's flick ALPHA AND OMEGA which sounds a lot more like a scientific documentary than a fun children's movie. It opened in 5th place with a disappointing $9M, despite being in 3D.

Last week's massive #1 movie, RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE, dropped like a hooker on New Year's eve, losing 63% of its audience from last weekend, and positioning itself in 4th place among the new releases. And with 4 new releases slipping their way into the top 10, four other movies had to get drop-kicked out of the top 10 including EAT PRAY LOVE ($78M), GOING THE DISTANCE ($17M), THE LAST EXORCISM ($40M) and THE EXPENDABLES, which finally managed to break the $100M mark, with $101M in domestic grosses since its release six weeks ago.

Next weekend sees the release of a ton of movies including 4 wide releases like Zack Snyder's LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA'HOOLE (also known as YAWN), the sequel to WALL STREET entitled WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS starring Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf and his real-life girlfriend Carey Mulligan, the teen comedy THE VIRGINITY HIT which is being backed by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell and something called YOU AGAIN, which co-stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver, two ladies who starred in classic films in their earlier days (HALLOWEEN, ALIEN).

There are also a bunch of limited releases opening up including Woodrow Allen's latest called YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER (as opposed to the film about my life called YOU MIGHT MEET A SHORT ETHNIC DUDE), the film starring only one person in Ryan Reynolds entitled BURIED, WAITING FOR SUPERMAN which is not about the sequel to SUPERMAN RETURNS, as well as Gaspar Noe's ENTER THE VOID and James Franco's latest entitled HOWL. Phew! That's a lot of movies, yo! Now if you could choose only one movie to see next weekend, which one would you see? VOTE NOW!!!

1. The Town $ 23.8 Million
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2. Easy A $ 18.2 Million
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3. Devil $ 12.6 Million
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4. Resident Evil:... $ 10.1 Million $ 43.9 Million
5. Alpha and Omega $ 9.2 Million
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6. Takers $ 3 Million $ 52.3 Million
7. The American $ 2.7 Million $ 32.9 Million
8. Inception $ 2 Million $ 285.2 Million
9. The Other Guys $ 2 Million $ 115.4 Million
10. Machete $ 1.7 Million $ 24.3 Million

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