Weekend Box Office Recap

Gordon Gekko returns to take the top spot in the box office this weekend. The Wall Street sequel is sitting at 55% fresh over at Rotten Tomatoes and cleared a modest $19 million for the weekend.

Critics seem to be split down the middle about the film.

Scott Bowels of USA Today seemed to like it:
"Douglas gives 'Money Never Sleeps' what it needs most: a defiant face to the corruption. Greed may be good, but Douglas is better. "
Christopher Lloyd from the Film Yap disagreed:
It starts out as a big-stakes film attempting a grand statement about the rift lines in the machine of American capitalism. It ends up going small-time, as a miserly story about people we do not understand behaving in ways we don’t believe.
And then Keith Cohen of Entertainment Spectrum decided to break out the kneepads and blow some serious sunshine: 
This well-oiled and flawlessly executed cinematic event lives up to all lofty expectations. It deserves one of the 10 slots as best picture of the year.
Movies have always been about giving the viewers an escape from their own problems, while guiltlessly allowing them to watch someone else's. With everyone's minds wrapped up in the recent financial issues of our country, I'm curious to see how much Oliver Stone exploits this schadenfreudian aesthetic.

Of course, Im too broke to actually go to the movies this week anyway, so it will be a while before I can find out for myself.

Moving on.... last week's big flick "The Town" dropped 32% to fall to third place, behind newcomer "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole."

The biggest loser of the chart belongs to "Resident Evil: Afterlife" which fell 51% from last weekends numbers.

And falling out of the list altogether were "The Other Guys," "The American," and "Machete."

Here's the top ten according to studio estimates released on Sunday:

 
1 (new) Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps $19,000,000
2 (new) Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 3D  $16,335,000
3 (1) The Town $16,030,000
4 (2) Easy A 10,700,000
5 (new) You Again $8,300,000
6 (3) Devil  $6,479,355
7 (4) Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D $4,900,000
8 (5) Alpha and Omega 3D $4,700,000
9 (6) Takers $1,650,000
10 (9) Inception  $1,245,000

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