'The Town' easily steals the weekend from 'Easy A' and 'Devil'

the_town_hammImage Credit: Claire FolgerBen Affleck’s back in the top spot with his second directorial effort The Town, a Boston-set crime drama which he also stars in and co-wrote. The Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures co-production earned an estimated $23.8 million for its first three days in release, far out-performing the film’s expectations. The film drew in a predominantly male audience, who filled seats to see the film’s heist premise and its lead actor. The fact that the film also scored a B+ from exit pollster CinemaScore suggests it will have a solid life after this weekend.

Second place went to the teen-appealing Easy A, which drew in $18.2 million for the frame. Made for only $8 million, the Emma Stone-starrer is destined to propel the young actress into a high demand position in Hollywood. She’s already lined up to star in Dreamworks’ period drama The Help, and is often on the short list when it comes to young actresses. From director Will Gluck, the film generated an A- from audiences, and the studio hopes it will expand out beyond its core audiences in the weeks to come. Easy A also marks one of five films Sony has in the top ten, quite a feat for the studio that’s already had a solid summer at the theaters.

Horror flick Devil landed in a distant third place, grossing an estimated $12.5 million. From producer M. Night Shyamalan, the scare-fest set in an elevator garnered a weak C+ score from audiences, a score that suggests the film from Universal Pictures will drop like a stone next weekend. And Devil did little to sway moviegoers from coming to see Milla Jovovich in her iconic role of Alice in the Resident Evil series. For Resident Evil: Afterlife fell off its usual 60 percent to gross an addition $10.1 million for a total cume of $44 million. Internationally, the film has already grossed upwards of $100 million for a worldwide cume of more than $147 million.

Alpha and Omega rounded out the top five. This animated flick from Lionsgate drew in an estimated $9.2 million for its opening weekend. Audiences didn’t hate the film — even though critics did — giving it a B, according to Cinemascore. Clearly, the under-18 audience liked the story of two wolves better than anyone else. The film starred the voice talent of Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, and Dennis Hopper, in his last role.

Slot six went to Takers, which, in its fourth weekend, generated an additional $3 million for a total cume of $52.3 million. The American also continues to play. Grossing $2.8 million, the George Clooney art film has now earned close to $33 million. Inception landed in the eighth slot for its tenth weekend in release. Grossing $2 million, the Leo DiCaprio-starrer has now earned $285 million.

Rounding out the top ten are two more Sony flicks. The Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg buddy cop movie The Other Guys earned another $2 million to put its total cume at $115 million. And Eat Pray Love grossed another $1.7 million in its sixth weekend in release. The Julie Roberts globe-hopper has now earned close to $78 million after six weeks in release.

Check back next weekend when Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opens opposite Zack Snyder’s animated owl pic Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole.

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  • The Jackal

    Glad Emma Stone is getting some recognition.

  • Bobby

    Why doesn’t M. Night Shyamalan just go away,nobody likes his movies.He is so overrated.

    • Vighorois

      Honey, nobody is overrating Shyamalan these days. The Sixth Sense and Signs days are long gone.

    • Voice ov Reason

      I don’t know what everybody’s problem with DEVIL was. The picture was outstanding. Yes, THE HAPPENING and LAST AIRBENDER were complete garbage, but DEVIL is finally his return to good script writing. How about everyone tries actually seeing a movie before reviewing it?

  • Jose

    Awesome news for both Easy A and The Town.

  • David

    this pompous, self-absorbed, smelly-currying Bombay slumdog hack director should just go away!!!!!

    • Jose

      Maybe you should too if you’re going to make comments like this. Plus he didn’t direct the movie, he produced it and storyboarded it and from what I understand it at least makes up for his last 4 films.

      • Ana

        It would take a lot to make up for what he did to The Last Airbender. Also, David: You’re a jerk.

      • Devin Faraci

        Wrong, Devil is total crap.

    • MockingbirdGirl

      I haven’t liked a lot of his recent movies… but thank God I’m not a racist prick. Stick to what you know, David: movies directed by Klan members.

    • m1

      1.Shyamalan did not direct Slumdog Millionaire.

      2.What an insult to Slumdog Millionaire. That was actually an emotionally resonant and Best Picture-worthy film, unlike Inception.

      • Jose

        Please stop mentioning Inception when ever you’re on this board. We get, you don’t like it, but its not like “Slumdog Millionaire” didn’t have its flaws either.

      • philip freeman

        Inception too hard for your brain to work out? you should stick to Toy Story or something

      • Jose

        That’s kind of insulting Phil, since the Toy Story movies are way more mature than most films out there. Plus Toy Story 3 is the best film of the year.

      • Troy

        No, m1 wants his transformers movies.. Simple brain like his can only digest explosions, mindless dialogue, and incoherence.. Such a 12 year old sh@thead.

      • m1

        @Troy: Oh, look, I prefer a good film over another good-but-still-overrated film. SHOOT ME NOW (eye roll).

        @phillip freeman: WTF?

        @Jose: Agreed completely.

      • AQS

        “Slumdog” did not deserve the Oscar for Best Picture. No one will be talking about it in 5, 10 years. Haven’t we learned by now that the Academy gets it wrong A LOT of the time? Regardless, “Slumdog” shouldn’t even be in this discussion. M. Night can’t make films anymore, his name has become box office poison – anytime I was in a theater, and the “Devil” trailer came on, people started booing and groaning when his name popped up. Ridiculous. He needs to take a break, rediscover his creative edge. Remember when Time called him the next Speilberg?!!?! So happy for “The Town” and “Easy A.” So deserved… Why not comment on the limited release of “Never Let Me Go”?

      • m1

        @AQS: If the next statement you say involves Benjamin Button being more deserving, then KEEP IT SHUT. I thought WALL-E and Frost/Nixon were better, but that was it. Slumdog Millionaire deserved the award; DEAL WITH IT.

      • Delena

        @ M1 why are you so obsessed with hating on Inception? You have mentioned in several posts that you don’t like the film. We get it. It’s like you have a personal vendetta against the film. The movie’s made over 650 million worldwide. And has a shot at winning the Oscar. So your intense hatred obviously hasn’t impacted it’s success. Move on.

      • Jim

        Did Inception kill your kitten or something?

      • m1

        @Delena: I didn’t hate it, it wasn’t a mediocre or poor film by any means. But it definitely doesn’t deserve the win or even the nomination. The movie is a rip-off of a great children’s story.

      • m1

        @Jim: OKAY, that takes the prize for tackiest comeback ever.

      • Troy

        People, people, you’re all arguing with a 12 year who thinks he knows a lot… You’re All adults, m1 is not.. Let him be.. And yes, people with a developed brain know that slumdog was forgettable garbage.. So there, you think inception is overrated, I think slumdog millionaire is too.. To each its own..

      • Nathan

        Slumdog benefited greatly from a very weak Best Picture field, much the same way A Beautiful Mind did.

      • m1

        @Troy: I think it is you who doesn’t understand cinema. First you compare the Transformers films to Slumdog, accuse the latter of being incoherent, and are now referring to it as ‘forgettable garbage’? Stop acting like you know everything and stick your head in a bucket of mud. It’s not like Inception was a masterpiece.

      • soli02

        Pay attention, people: No one said that Shyamalan directed “Slumdog Millionaire.” Someone used ‘slumdog’ in reference to Shyamalan, which is an Indian slur, and still not okay, but at least understand that it’s NOT a movie reference.

      • Troy

        “it’s you who doesn’t understand cinema”, “stop acting like you know everything”.. This coming from the sh@t head who can’t stop shutting the hell up about how much he despises a movie and insists on letting everyone know because he feels like his opinion is the only one that matters.. And learn to read, you idiot! When the hell was I defending Inception? I have not offer my opinion on that movie whatsoever.. And if you indeed consider Slumdog Millionaire a true artistic success, one that will be remember as a classic for years to come, then man, you really need to shut up about knowing “true cinema”

      • m1

        @Troy: Care to explain how it’s NOT a masterpiece then? How was it any type of bad film? Do you prefer overrated has-beens like Avatar? Be classy for once. Goodness.

  • Lisa Simpson

    I liked “The Town” very much, thought he audience in the theater I went to seemed preety evenly split between men and women. Lots of couples.

    • llevinso

      Yeah, I went yesterday (I’m a woman) and it was a very even mix of men and women.

    • Tiffany

      I was there this weekend and it was a mixed bag as well. Also, is it bad to say that I did not see the movie for Affleck, but for The Hamm and Jeremy Renner.

  • Jose

    Hey, this is actually intersting, but Eclipse actually crossed the $300 million mark this weekend. I’m not a fan of the series but I am surprised that the film was able to accomplish this.

    Also, why no mention of the films “Never Let Me Go” and “Catfish” since they had the strongest per theater average of the weekend.

    • m1

      I am happy for Eclipse. It is not a great film by any means, but it is an entertaining diversion to other garbage.

      • Jeremy DC

        Nobody can take you seriously when you praise Eclipse for being entertaining and then badmouth Inception.

      • m1

        @Jeremy DC: No one can take you seriously when you fabricate the fact that I think Eclipse is better than Inception. IDIOT. Some of you act like the Twilight films are the worst ever.

    • Mark

      LOL! And to think that when both New Moon and Eclipse came out, haterz came out in full force, predicting the films would NEVER outgross its predecessors… Now here’s the proof: Every Twilight sequel has made more money than the previous film.

      • Dave

        Just to be clear, I’m not trying to “hate,” but I’m pretty sure the only reason that Eclipse out grossed New Moon domestically is because they just re-released it in theater last weekend.
        Furthermore, take a look at worldwide gross, which is what really counts. New Moon still has about $20 million over Eclipse.

      • Jose

        Dave’s got a point, the weekend before the re-release Eclipse made about $450K, the week of the re-release it jumped to $743K, helping it a lot.

    • Rose

      It’s not exactly surprising that Eclipse had a big weekend and crossed 300 million, considering they re-released it in over a thousand theaters last weekend and this week to “celebrate Bella’s birthday.” Why anyone would want to celebrate such an insufferable, whiny little brat’s birthday, especially considering she doesn’t like celebrating it herself in the books, is beyond me, though. lol

  • James

    Nicole,

    Devil was sold out in Canada…

    Too bad you are just a small nobody “internet movie critics” which no one will remember in years from today…

    Cheers,

    James

    • Amy

      You think you’re being smart by being so condescending and snarky in all you comments here. When in reality, you’re the one defending a lame movie, Devil, which no one will remember years from today. No one except you, apparently. And your comment below, about Nicole being a psychic…it’s called making predictions. That’s her job. If you’re such a genius, you would realize that horror movies tend to have big drops in their second weekend, especially if the reviews and word of mouth isn’t good.

      • James

        Dear Amy,

        You are correct. Amy is the smartest girl in the whole wide world. You mother must be very proud as well at your father.

        Cheers,

        James

      • James

        Dear Amy,

        Predictions are based on past trends, economic data, comparative statistics. Etc.

        Ask your mama and papa? Poor Amy living in her bubble “Universe”…

        Peace,

        James

  • James

    Nicole,

    Are you a psychic as well…

    “Horror flick Devil landed in a distant third place, grossing an estimated $12.5 million. From producer M. Night Shyamalan, the scare-fest set in an elevator garnered a weak C+ score from audiences, a score that suggests the film from Universal Pictures will drop like a stone next weekend.”

    Please let me know if I will get that job at the Ministry of Finance…Please, please let me know…

    Cheers,

    James

    • Jose

      James, part of her job is to determine how a film will do in the lon run, and based on the Cinemascore, it looks as if the film will have bad word of the mouth, so please stop being condescending.

      • Jose

        *long, my bad.

  • Blue Silver

    But…but, how was “Alpha and Omega”? I will go see “The Town” this week!

  • nunnya

    Going to see Easy A this afternoon… Love Emma Stone, but not sure about her role in The Help.

  • James

    Nicole,

    Let me help you on this:

    This week gross revenue vs budget.

    The Town’s Budget $37M: Revenue $24M rounding up to the nearest million.

    Easy A’s Budget $8M: Revenue $18M…

    Devil’s Budget: $10M: Revenue $15M

    Source: Wikipedia. The true winner at box office is “Easy A”

    • Dave

      I don’t really understand what your problem is. Yes, Easy A and Devil made back their budget and then some at the box office. But The Town is still the winner in terms of box office gross. Nicole is not an “internet movie critic” as you said in your other post. She just gives a box office rundown. She’s reporting what happened at the box office this weekend, and what happened is that The Town outgrossed the competition, regardless of its budget.
      Pull the stick out of you a**.

      • James

        Dear Dave,

        From your content of your message, I can conclude that you are a typical “American” who resorted to profanity..

        Have a great day,

        James

      • Dave

        Yes, because using the word “a**” is so much worse than your ridiculously uncalled-for condescending attitude towards the writer of this article in all your comments. Please let the rest of us know when you get knocked off that high horse of yours.

      • James

        Dear Dave,

        Thanks for your response to my message. It was indeed a pleasure to exchange opinions with a person of limited vocabulary.

        From your opinions expressed, this confirmed your education standard. Need not to say more.

        Peace,

        James

      • Dave

        Ah yes, insulting the intelligence of a complete stranger who calls you out for being condescending. Life in your world must be grand, eh? Enjoy it.

      • Jose

        Don’t you see that Dave has a point? Box Office is determined by revenue, not profits. Town still wins, as for catfis, profits are also supposed to recuperate the marketing of a film, and the studio probably spent a couple million dollars buying the film from Sundance and marketing it, are you sure it’s still the big winner?

      • James

        Dear Dave,

        It is fun to see some one as pathetic like you jump at the bait.

        Come on, lets see your comeback.

        life for me is not that grand.. I am just a taxpayer…

        Cheers,

        James

      • Amy

        Seems pretty clear to me that the only pathetic person here is James.

      • James

        Jose,

        Thanks for your point… You presented your logic in a clear concise manner. I accepted defeat you know what you are writing about.

        No it’s not a big winner..I like stimulating exchange of opinions where one can stand his grounds without become petty.

        Thanks Jose, have a great day/week…

        Cheers,

        James

      • James

        Amy,

        You are pathetic, come on. We both know that. Stop trying to be smart. using my words. Your vocabulary is limited, but what can I expect from you.

        Love Always,

        James

      • Lisa Simpson

        I’m with Amy.

      • Rubeus

        Everyone stop responding to James’ comments. He’s purposely trying to get people riled up. Just ignore him. He’s an idiot.

      • James

        Lisa & Rubeus,

        An English proverb. “Birds of Feathers flocked together”.

        Meaning – People of similar interest stayed together.

        Rubeus – Yes, of course I know that am an idiot, but it was fun to see how much more idiots, I can drag into my stupid game… LOL

        Lisa – I need not to say anything…

        Have a great week my friends,

        Cheers,

        James

      • m1

        @Dave: Oh, shut up, Dave. James just made a fabulous point that you are too stubborn to realize. Have a nice day.

    • Rich

      James,
      Let ME help you on this:
      Easy A’s budget $8M: Revenue $18M…
      Catfish’s budget $55: Revenue $255,000

      The true winner is “Catfish.” Right???

      • James

        Hi Rich,

        You are absolutely correct.

        I bet you and I are the only ones on this board, who can write using logic.

        Have a great day,

        James

    • B-

      James. Devil was acquired by Universal for an ADDITIONAL 27 million. So it’s already at a pricetag of 37 million and that is not even including the P&A spending the studio did.

    • Voice ov Reason

      You all are forgetting that exhibitors take about 50% of the revenue from these box office grosses. So basically you have to cut that in half to find out what a film’s real performance is. Doing that kind of math, EASY A is still 1 million in the black over it’s budget whereas the Town will have quite a long way to go. However, THE TOWN will have legs due to good reviews whereas most of the teenage audience for Easy A already went. So THE TOWN will definitely emerge the true winner.

  • RyRyNYC

    I have to comment on the biased writing for this column… I feel as if EW will sometimes spin a b+ cinemascore into a bad thing for a film, but for others will make it sound like it is a great thing.

  • Sam

    Haha, Resident Evil:Afterlife3D made 73.2million first three days worldwide. And in USA, Resident Evil made first three days 26.8 million. It easly beat this movie. (:
    This movie sucked ass anyway, and I know alot people who already hated this and saw Resident Evil afterward, because it was awesome, and the woman kicked serious ass. Do your damn research, Sony reported all this for box office wise what I said up top. (:

    • Jose

      What is you point?
      The Town won this weekend and from the looks of it, it will have strong word of mouth that will keep it afloat for weeks to come.

      As for Resident Evil? If it was so awesome then why did it drop more than 60% from last weekend? I don’t see that happening with The Town.

      • m1

        I think The Town is on its way to $100 million! Who agrees?

      • Jose

        I see it grossing $80 million, but $100 million would not surprise me.

    • philip freeman

      he has no point, movies are not judged critically by the box office and anyone who thinks that ‘Resident Evil’ is a better film than ‘The Town’ is obviously a moron

  • sinicalgrl

    Not only boys were flocking – I saw The Town opening night and LOVED IT. Great cast, good script; a quintessential heist movie with some nice personal twists – it kept some funny coming all the way through which was a bit unexpected. Happy for Ben – he joins a pretty exclusive club of folks who have successfully written, directed and acted in a film worthy of the celluloid it is printed on.

    • mplo

      To each their own, but I thought that “The Town”, while it had the potential for being a really good film, fell woefully short of that potential, becoming an overrated, hyped-up film that was more like a feature-length soap-opera than a regular movie. While the beginning, with the aerial/ground shots of Boston’s Charlestown section and the opening heist, was interesting, “The Town” went downhill for me…in a matter of minutes. The Doug/Claire romance scenes were especially tiresome and the Boston accents, especially on the part of Ben Affleck seemed forced and unnatural.

  • TR

    i love julie roberts… i wonder why she changed her first name after all these years…

    • huh?

      who is this julie roberts?! lol. she must be a star or something?!

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