Weekend Box Office - The Town Earns Affleck Box Office Cred

By Scott Gwin 2010-09-19 18:48:46discussion comments
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Ben Affleck's career has never been a clearing house for blockbusters, so when a movie that he has directed, wrote and starred in does well it's cause for a little celebration. After all, he does decent work...most of the time.

His directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone was a great film despite the general lack of an audience. That movie made only $20 million total domestic. His second effort, The Town, opened this weekend to a much happier tune: $23 million. What was the difference? Bank robbers in nun masks. Audiences can't stay away from creepy nun masks.

Easy A, the latest over-sexed romantic comedy featuring a bunch of twenty-somethings playing high school students fared extremely well, considering it was made on a shoestring $8 million budget. With $18 million dollars in its first weekend, the movie might not have broken any box office records but it definitely turned a tidy profit.

Newbie directing team Drew and John Dowdle brought M. Night Shyamalan's horror story Devil into theaters this weekend with a weak response at the box office. With a distant third place opening it only banked $15 million.

The under-marketed, under-whelming animated 3D movie Alpha and Omega opened as both a critical and financial failure. At a fifth place earning $9 million it certainly didn't bank anything near what it needed to start down the path to profitability, proving that this movie about dogs is for the dogs.

For the full weekend top ten list, check out the chart below:

1.
The Town * $23,800,000  -  Total: $23,800,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 2,861
2.
Easy A * $18,200,000  -  Total: $18,200,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 2,856
3.
Devil * $12,584,000  -  Total: $12,584,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 2,809
4.
Resident Evil: Afterlife $10,100,000  -  Total: $43,991,000 LW: 1     WR: 2    
THTRS: 3,209
5.
Alpha and Omega * $9,200,000  -  Total: $9,200,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 2,625
6.
Takers $3,000,000  -  Total: $52,346,000 LW: 2     WR: 4    
THTRS: 2,139
7.
The American $2,756,000  -  Total: $32,856,000 LW: 3     WR: 3    
THTRS: 2,457
8.
Inception $2,015,000  -  Total: $285,178,000 LW: 10     WR: 10    
THTRS: 1,305
9.
The Other Guys $2,000,000  -  Total: $115,431,000 LW: 6     WR: 7    
THTRS: 1,827
10.
Machete $1,700,000  -  Total: $24,336,000 LW: 4     WR: 3    
THTRS: 1,704

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