BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' Proves Greed Is Good with $19 Million!

While 'Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole' has a hard time leaving the nest with only $16.3 million.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE





There were no big surprises at the box office last weekend as director Ben Affleck's second effort The Town won over audience members and critics alike with excellent reviews and a $23.8 million opening weekend total. Also doing well in its debut last week and gaining rave reviews was the new high school comedy Easy a starring Emma Stone. But with three very strong new contenders to the box office race this week including, Zack Snyder's computer animated 3D family film Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Oliver Stone's long awaited sequel to his classic '80s film Wall Street, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and the new romantic comedy You Again starring Kristen Bell, it is again no real surprise that we are now crowning a new box office champ.

Debuting at number one and doing a little bit better than expected 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). The movie made $5,330 on each of its 3,565 screens for an opening weekend total of about $19 million. Overall the film has received pretty positive reviews but even if it continues to perform well in the next few weeks it may have a difficult time earning back its entire purported production budget of $70 million.

Debuting at number two and not quite doing as well as was predicted 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 computer 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), Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Jim Sturgess (21), Emilie de Ravin (Lost) and Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch). The movie made $4,569 on each of its 3,575 screens for an opening weekend total of around $16.3 million. For the most part the film has received extremely positive reviews but even if it continues to perform well in the next few weeks it will have a difficult time earning back its entire purported production budget of $100 million.

Falling two places from its debut last week to number three 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). While the movie dropped nearly 32.7% from its debut last week, it was actually added in twenty-four new theaters this week and earned roughly $5,556 on each of its 2,885 screens for a weekend total of $16 million. Now in just two weeks the movie has made almost $50 million, which earns back its entire $37 million production budget and then some.

Falling two places from its debut last week to number four 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). While the movie dropped nearly 39.7% from its debut last week, it earned roughly $3,746 on each of its 2,856 screens for a weekend total of $10.7 million. Now in just two weeks the movie has made over $32 million, which earns back its entire $8 million production budget and then some.

Rounding off the top five this week in its debut 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). The movie made $3,257 on each of its 2,548 screens for an opening weekend total of around $8.3 million, earning back almost half of its $20 million production budget.

Doing well this week in limited release is the new documentary film Waiting for Superman from director Davis Guggenheim, which analyzes the failures of the American public education system by examining the lives of several of its students. The movie debuted on four screens and earned $35,250 on each for a weekend total of $141,000.

Also doing well in its debut in limited release this 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). The movie debuted on six screens and earned $27, 167 on each for a weekend total of $163,000.

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

First up is the much-talked-about new horror film from Cloverfield director Matt Reeves called Let Me In, which is based on the extremely popular Swedish film Let the Right One in. The movie stars Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Elias Koteas (The Thin Red Line) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor).

Also opening next week in wide release is the new film from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher called The Social Network. The movie, which is about the founding of Facebook stars a cast of excellent young actors that includes Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go), Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Rashida Jones (I Love You, Man) and Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog).

Finally, opening in wide release next week is the new horror/thriller Case 39, which stars Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones's Diary), Bradley Cooper (The A-Team) and Ian McShane (Death Race).

Opening in limited release next week is the independent comedy Barry Munday about an unlikable womanizer who losses his testicales. The film stars Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Judy Greer (Arrested Development), Chloë Sevigny (Shattered Glass), Mae Whitman (Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World), Cybill Shepherd (Taxi Driver) and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange).

Also opening in limited release next week is the documentary Freakonomics based on the popular book by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. The film is split into several different sections and are directed by some of the finest documentary directors working in the industry today including Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Alex Gibney (Casino Jack and the United States of Money), Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) and Seth Gordon (The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps was released September 24th, 2010 and stars Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Eli Wallach, Susan Sarandon, Frank Langella, Austin Pendleton. The film is directed by Oliver Stone.

Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole was released September 24th, 2010 and stars Emily Barclay, Abbie Cornish, Essie Davis, Adrienne DeFaria, Joel Edgerton, Deborra-Lee Furness, Sacha Horler, Bill Hunter. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.



Sources: Box Office Mojo

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Comments (30)

  1. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    The Social Network will conquer the October month cause we all hooked on Facebook!

    4 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  2. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    Why wall street 2 was mixed reviewed it was good
    It takes the #1 cause people have long awaited for this!
    The Owls didn't make it cause a few people trust Snyder to create a family-friendly film cause it has a Dark tone, amazing violence but stunning visuals

    4 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  3. Daveactor7

    @Diaigma i agree

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  4. Diaigma

    Guardians is in the "love it or hate it" category. I'm in the "didn't like it" area :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  5. Daveactor7

    I hear nothing but bad things about guardians lol. i think it'll be way down by next week. this fall will be the best time for movies

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  6. RojoDiablo

    Heard nothing but great things about Guardians, so I hope that 16 million keeps growing!!

    4 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  7. the Narrator

    Guardians was great. Truly entertaining and different in. Colorful, if at moments drab. Overall: watch-it!

    As for Wall Street I have yet to see it, but I hear it was a disappointment... I hope not. Inception still up there? Fantastic.

    This week: THE SOCIAL NETWORK!!!!

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  8. DoubleR0522

    WOW Inception still hanging on...nice !!!

    4 years agoby @doubler0522Flag

  9. CelluloidDreams

    I'm still surprised how many people haven't heard of ""Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole ".!

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  10. Daveactor7

    Guardians was a waste of time. Glad to hear wall street did good like its predecessor. Inception is amazing. The town however has the highest critics ratings though. I can't wait to see social network and buried

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  11. Diaigma

    @Cell - nice copy-and-paste comment from Nick Schager's review of this :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  12. Emmytt

    well this sucks

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  13. CelluloidDreams

    "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole "....was very interesting ... good story .. I gave it an : A!

    Surprised me that how many people I would tell about: "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" ..that nobody outside of "movie circles" have heard of this film.... A classical heroic odyssey that boasts a spirit similar to that of " The Secret of N.I.M.H.".

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  14. WiseGuy

    @thedude1 Let's make it 12! I think that it might break the record for a movie to stay in the top ten at the box office for the longest time. That would be awesome!

    4 years agoby @zgcorleone072Flag

  15. TheDude1

    @flipsyde933 Inception never left the top 10. This is now its 11th straight weekend in the top 10.

    4 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  16. Flipsyde933

    Inception back in the top 10, nice. Can't wait for it to come out on blu-ray.

    4 years agoby @flipsyde933Flag

  17. WiseGuy

    @DarkenV of course!

    4 years agoby @zgcorleone072Flag

  18. Dark enV

    @wiseguy, yes all look great and don't forget Harry Potter. :P

    4 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  19. WiseGuy

    @Dark enV Yessss, Buried and 127 Hours both look awesome. I'm still not sure if I'm gonna see the Social Network but Let Me In looks pretty good. Then we got Jackass 3D, Red, Due Date, and the Next Three Days.

    4 years agoby @zgcorleone072Flag

  20. Monkeyiron

    Well at least Guardians Made it number 2 on the charts

    4 years agoby @monkeyironFlag

  21. Dark enV

    @wiseguy, haha yeah this is going to be a great fall for movies, so many I want to see, Buried and 127 Hours being two of them. Next week we have The Social Network and Let Me In which I'm looking forward to both very much.

    4 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  22. ed_wood

    Legend of the Guardians was great but so was Wall Street. I am surprised that Guradians wasn't at the top though.

    4 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  23. fanboy

    im kind of disappointed to see that the owls only made 16 million. lets hope it will continue to do good, sense there aren't any other kids movies out for a while. OMG what the f*ck!! Inception still in the top 10, wow!!!

    4 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  24. WiseGuy

    @dark-env Oh ok. I thought its wide release was friday but now it makes sense why it's not up there :D Anyways, I'm looking forward to seeing it. This is going to be a great ffall or movies.

    4 years agoby @zgcorleone072Flag

  25. Dark enV

    Inception still in the top 10 holy smokes haha. Kinda upset to see Guardians didn't do so well, I enjoyed the movie's animation and 3D very much, the rest of it was mostly enjoyable
    @wiseguy, Buried is only out in limited release there's no way it would've been up there, when it hits wide release on October 8th that's when it'll make some money.

    4 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  26. WiseGuy

    @soylentgreen2 Lmao, I'm done commenting. And holy f*cking sh*t Inception is still up there!! I love it too. And Im not surprised Buried isn't up there, but I still wanna see it.

    4 years agoby @zgcorleone072Flag

  27. The Soylent Green Monkey

    Oh, yeah. I have a review of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps up. Check it out, folks. Someone other than @wiseguy, for the love of God.

    4 years agoby @soylentgreen2Flag

  28. Dan

    Inception just won't die lol. I love it.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  29. The Soylent Green Monkey

    @brian, Thank God they are.

    and Inception is still in there. O_o

    4 years agoby @soylentgreen2Flag

  30. Brian

    Awesome. Fall dramas are officially here.

    4 years agoby @brianFlag