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“Wall Street” turns a profit, owls not so legendary

"Greed is good” and good thing it’s legal. Oliver Stone received a winning tip for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. The sequel opened at number one with $19 million and has already traded $9.1 million in foreign markets. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole isn’t going to be written about in the history books. The 3-D animated Zack Snyder entry was a runner up with just $16.3 million.

Family films are still failing week after week, with Alpha and Omega flopping last week. The wolf picture nosedived to eighth position with a $4.7 million take. “Legend of the Guardians” was a far more sophisticated picture than Alpha and Omega but it made less than double in its opening weekend. Dressing up a bland storyline obviously can’t fool family audiences. That or kids are too busy with pencils, books, and teachers’ dirty looks.

You Again
suffered from déjà vu. Easy A had it easy last weekend with a revival of high school comedy. The Betty White starrer was an older stale version of the tale with highly respected yet less relatable stars. You Again brought in $8.3 million its first weekend compared to Easy A with $10.7 million in its second weekend. Lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place.

The Top Ten

  1. 1.    Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps - $19M (weekend)… $19M (gross)
  2. 2.    Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole - $16.3M…$16.3M
  3. 3. The Town - $16.0M…$49.1M
  4. 4. Easy A - $10.7M…$32.8M
  5. 5.    You Again- $8.3M…$8.3M
  6. 6. Devil - $6.4M… $21.7M
  7. 7. Resident Evil: Afterlife - $4.9M … $52.0M
  8. 8. Alpha and Omega - $4.7M… $15.1M
  9. 9. Takers - $1.6M… $54.9M
  10. 10. Inception - $1.2M … $287.0M

    22. 22. The Virginity Hit - $0.3M…$0.3M

The Town did relatively well, earning a third place finish with $16 million, topping “Legend of the Guardians” on Friday. Inception has held on to a chart position for eleven weeks now. Reduced to only 900 screens, Inception still managed to produce $1.2 million. Its worldwide bounty stands at nearly $770 million. On the opposite end of the spectrum, The Virginity Hit had one of the worst opening weekends for a wide release in cinematic history with $0.3 million from more than 600 screens.

Next week brings The Social Network, a story about the Facebook moguls adapted from the book “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.” In recent weeks the picture has received strong reviews and even Oscar buzz. It will no doubt top the charts, even with a slender debut at 2,700 locations.

A pair of horror flicks is also in the mix for the first weekend in October. Case 39 was finally removed from a dusty shelf and put in distribution. Marketing is murky and the plot has been seen before. Favor will no doubt fall on Let Me In starring Chloe Moretz of Kick-Ass fame. This is a remake of foreign original Let the Right One In about a young vampire’s friendship with a meek young boy. Both movies open at 2,000 cinemas.


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