Monday, September 6, 2010

Box Office Report: The American Outpaces The Mexican

George Clooney's hitman tale The American captured the top spot at the box office with a $16.4 million debut over the long Labour Day weekend.

Since opening Wednesday, the Focus Features release has taken in $19.5 million.

The 20th Century Fox revenge romp Machete and Sony's heist thriller Takers were in a duel for second-place. Machete led with $14 million from Friday to Monday. Takers followed with $13.5 million.

Takers" which had been the No. 1 movie the previous weekend, raised its 10-day total to $40 million.

The weekend's other new wide release, Drew Barrymore's romance Going the Distance from Warner Bros., opened at No. 5 with $8.6 million.

It was a typically quiet Labuor Day period for Hollywood, a transition weekend as summer blockbuster season ends and young audiences prepare for the start of the school year.

With $3.9 million over the long weekend, Universal's animated hit Despicable Me raised its haul to $241.3 million, surpassing the $238.4 million take of DreamWorks Animation's Shrek Forever After, which failed to catch the same box-office fire as the franchise's earlier installments.

Summer's top hit, Disney's animated blockbuster Toy Story 3, pulled in $2.7 million to lift its total to $408.8 million, second only to Shrek 2 at $436 million on the domestic chart for animated features.

1. The American, $16.4 million.
2. Machete, $14 million.
3. Takers, $13.5 million.
4. The Last Exorcism, $8.8 million.
5. Going the Distance, $8.6 million.
6. The Expendables, $8.5 million.
7. The Other Guys, $6.7 million.
8. Eat Pray Love, $6.3 million.
9. Inception, $5.9 million.
10. Nanny McPhee Returns, $4.7 million.

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