BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Town’ Steals the Weekend with $23.8 Million!

While ‘Easy A’ gets to second base and ‘Devil’ frightens its way to third.


There was nothing shocking at the box office last weekend as the highly anticipated fourth chapter of the popular Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife dominated the box office as expected with $27.7 million. But the film will have a tough time repeating that success this weekend with four new films entering the box office race including director Ben Affleck's second effort The Town and the much-talked-about new high school film Easy a starring Emma Stone.

Debuting at number one this week is the new film from actor turned director Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone), which is already earning Oscar buzz called The Town. The bank robbery film that takes place in Boston stars a stellar cast of actors which in addition to Affleck himself includes Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Rebecca Hall (Please Give) and Oscar winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation). The movie made $8,319 on each of its 2,861 screens for a wicked opening weekend total of $23.8 million. The film has received very positive reviews and if it continues to perform well should be able to earn back its entire $37 million budget in the next few weeks.

Debuting at number two this week is the Scarlet Letter themed high school comedy Easy a starring Emma Stone (Zombieland, Superbad). The film's talented cast also includes Oscar nominees Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones), Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April) and Thomas Haden Church (Sideways) as well as Lisa Kudrow (Friends), Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl), Amanda Bynes (Hairspray) and screen legend Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange). The movie made $6,373 on each of its 2,856 screens for an excellent opening weekend total of $18.2 million, earning back it's entire $8 million production budget and a pretty nice profit as well.

Debuting at number three this week is a new supernatural thriller based on a story written by the film's producer, director M. Night Shyamalan, called Devil. The film stars Chris Messina (Greenberg), Geoffrey Arend ((500) Days of Summer), Caroline Dhavernas (The Switch), Jacob Vargas (Death Race), Bokeem Woodbine (Ray) and Matt Craven (The Clearing). The movie made $4,480 on each of its 2,809 screens for a frightening opening weekend total of $12.5 million, which earns back it's entire $10 million production budget and then some.

Falling three places from last week to number four this week is the fourth chapter of the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife, based on the popular video game. Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element) returns in the lead role and is accompanied by a talented cast of actors, which includes Ali Larter (Heroes), Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), Boris Kodjoe (Surrogates) and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy). While the movie dropped an astonishing 62.1% from its debut last week and was actually added in six new theaters this week, it earned roughly $3,147 on each of its 3,209 screens for a weekend total of $10.1 million. Now in just two weeks the movie has made over $43 million but is still shy of earning back its initial $60 million production budget.

Finally, rounding off the top five this week in its debut is the new 3-D computer animated film Alpha and Omega. The movie stars a talented cast of voice actors including Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes), Christina Ricci (Speed Racer), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon 2), Larry Miller (Pretty Woman) and screen legend, the late Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider). The movie made $3,505 on each of its 2,625 screens for a decent opening weekend total of $9.2 million, which is almost half of its initial $20 million production budget.

Doing well in limited release this week is the new drama Never Let Me Go from One Hour Photo director Mark Romanek. The film stars Oscar nominees Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Keira Knightley (Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl), as well as the new Peter Parker, Andrew Garfield (Untitled Spider-Man Reboot). The movie debuted on only four screens but earned $30,250 on each for a weekend total of $121,000.

Also doing well in its debut in limited release is the 2010 Sundance Film Festival smash-hit movie, Catfish. The documentary follows filmmakers Henry Joost and Rel Schulman as they chronicle photographer Nev Schulman's budding long distance romance with a girl he met on Facebook who may be hiding a big secret of her own. The movie debuted on twelve screens and earned $21,250 on each for a weekend total of $255,000.

Next week will see the opening of four highly anticipated new films in wide release and two in limited release.

Opening next week in wide release is the latest film from visionary director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Dawn Of The Dead) called Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. The animated film about a group of heroic owls stars an all-star cast of voice actors including Oscar winners Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Geoffrey Rush (Shine) as well as Hugo Weaving (The Matrix), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Emilie de Ravin (Lost), Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood).

Also opening in wide release next week is Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the long-awaited sequel to director Oliver Stone's iconic '80s movie Wall Street. The film stars Michael Douglas reprising his Oscar winning role as Gordon Gekko and also features a talented cast of actors including Shia LaBeouf (Transformers), Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex), Carey Mulligan (An Education), Susan Sarandon (The Lovely Bones), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) and Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men).

Opening wide in theaters next is the new romantic comedy You Again, about a young woman who must deal with the demons of her past when her brother marries her high school rival. The film stars a talented group of female performers including Kristen Bell (When in Rome), Odette Yustman (Rogues Gallery), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies), Kristin Chenoweth (Four Christmases) and Betty White (The Proposal).

Finally, opening in wide release next week is the prison-set thriller The Experiment starring Adrien Brody (Predators), Forest Whitaker (Where the Wild Things Are), Clifton Collins Jr. (Star Trek), Maggie Grace (Lost) and Fisher Stevens (Lost).

Opening in limited release next week is the independent biopic Howl about beat poet Allen Ginsberg starring James Franco (Spider-Man), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Jeff Daniels (State of Play), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and David Strathairn.

Also opening in limited release next week is the latest romantic comedy from legendary director Woody Allen called You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. The London set film stars Naomi Watts (King Kong), Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex), Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (Silence Of The Lambs), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zorro), Freida Pinto (Silence Of The Lambs), Lucy Punch (Kids in America), Anna Friel (Land of the Lost) and Gemma Jones (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!

The Town was released September 17th, 2010 and stars Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Slaine, Owen Burke, Titus Welliver. The film is directed by Ben Affleck.

Easy A was released September 17th, 2010 and stars Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow. The film is directed by Will Gluck.

Sources: Box Office Mojo
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Comments (36)

  1. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    This week The owl legends will take the spot but there's a possibility that Wall Street 2 could win
    So both of them are my faves!

    5 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  2. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    Wow inception is still in the list
    The Town good job 4 u
    Easy A continue to get more successful pls release this in the Philippines!
    Devil just be fine in that
    Alpha & Omega uhh just be successful!

    5 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  3. JasonKat

    you keep giving "the town" credit and thats gonna piss James Cameron off and throw in another 9mins of avatar footage and put it in theaters, lol And the funnyest chit is that people actually go see it again and it will b #1 again, for no reason, lolz HA imagin that, the town moved down to 2nd place. lolz

    5 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  4. Ultimatum

    The Town deserves can't believe Inception is still up there.

    5 years agoby @theultimatumFlag

  5. the Narrator


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  6. Diaigma

    @TheDude1 - Haven't seen the actual budget numbers for Devil, so that is a good opening, unfortunately. It's cool to see Easy A more than double it's budget in one weekend, however.

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  7. DoubleR0522


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  8. Justhim_sir

    New movie every 7 days, well there is a few movies in theaters I want to see, and when they gone then there won't be anything that will draw me to the theaters till maybe November or December.

    5 years agoby @justhim-sirFlag

  9. TheDude1

    @diaigma Actually The Devil opened very good. The budget was only 10 million and this should be able to make about 30 to 35 million domestically by the time it leaves theaters. Not to mention another 10 to 20 million overseas. Not bad at all really.

    5 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  10. Diaigma

    With Easy A's production budget at 8 million, it's an instant success. Good job for The Town, it's not far behind. I take guilty pleasure seeing Devil open so poorly :P

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  11. JonSpidey07

    much better weekend
    this fall is certainly making up for a disappointing summer
    but why didn't Easy A win #1?
    I would have figured the Town would make #2 or 3

    5 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  12. ed_wood

    The best thing about Easy A was Emma Stone. The Town was great and Devil wasn't that bad, a little predictable.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  13. CelluloidDreams

    I saw "Machete" ....Not bad...alot of fun ... B+! ........ The spirit of "Grindhouse" lives on. !!!

    5 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  14. moviegeek

    @JasonKat You are one happy fellow, I'll give ya that. Not sure why, but I like positive spirit.

    5 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  15. JasonKat

    me? pot? HA not even, but thanxs for the offer, lolz Ya the numbers arent correct but either way, who gives the $hit? lolz. its about time ben made a good movie, in awhile ,other than pearl harbor. wasnt dare devil his worst? or is there worst. ? buffy the vampire slayer was horrible but that wasnt really his movie so that dont count i guess. :P

    5 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  16. Cripple

    Just got back from seeing The Town. Really great movie.

    5 years agoby @crippleFlag

  17. Daveactor7

    Best movies on here: inception, easy A and the town.

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  18. TheDude1

    I think Jason abuses pot. The numbers above are the real estimates for the weekend. Yes they are not 100 percent correct but they are quite close.

    5 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  19. moviegeek

    @Jason What...? The Town $40 - $50 mil for what? The Weekend?

    5 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  20. Dark enV

    Glad to see The Town and Easy A finished as the top 2 both films were great. Inception... what can you say about this film? Hahaha Incredible, truly incredible, so glad it's hanging tough and is continuing to make money, it deserves every penny it gets and then some

    5 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  21. JasonKat

    ya i know they havnt been updated as of yet, Im pretty sure the town will b #1 with a 40 maybe 50 million. but ya sum people seem to think that just because a movie made so much money that its actually a great movie, but thats not always the case. "the town" was great, no doubt. but beilive me there r far more movies out there that made very lil money and they r actually good movies too. in which people overlooked. and then theres movies that make big bucks but wat happenes? the movie ends bearly pulling in 3 stars example "transformers2, ect. Anyhow, the town, will b just another blockbuster movie on the A List like many others. ;)

    5 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  22. moviegeek

    @JasonKat WOW. The numbers on Rotten Tomatoes aren't updated until Monday. That's last weeks numbers. Yikes, do you follow box office at all?

    5 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  23. Forrestgump1

    The Town was an Excellent MOVIE! ,, glad to see it took the top spot! ..

    5 years agoby @forrestgump1Flag

  24. JasonKat

    thats a lie, on rotten tomatoes resident evil still holds the #1 box office spot, with a 26.7 million and its even more now since that was last week's numbers. The town would come in like 2nd place, maybe 3rd. and wer talking about which1 pulled in more money, not which movie was actally 5 stars. so thats 2 diff things,

    5 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  25. TheDude1

    Inception is still in the top 10. And if you looks how the other movies above it are falling there is a great chance it stays in the top 10 next weekend(its 11th weekend) as well.

    5 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  26. T.Clark

    "Easy a starring Easy a."

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  27. TheSHIZNIT

    OK THEN!

    5 years agoby @theshiznitFlag

  28. moviegeek

    I think Ben Affleck could head a really great television crime drama series. It would help keep him doing what he's good at without typecasting his work to the same thing again and again. It might expand his work at least in film-making. As of now though, no complaints to his work!

    5 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  29. Jimthar

    jesus! this movie only cost 37 million to make??!! it'll make that back easy! and more. let that be a lesson to hollywood, you can still make great movies on small budgets. again, respect to affleck.

    5 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  30. Jimthar

    good news! i haven't seen it yet but i'm sure it's great. much respect to affleck. he's turning into a world class director. i just hope his next movie takes place outside of bahston. : )

    5 years agoby @jimtharFlag

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