This weekend, three brand-new films were vying for your attention. In the mood for drama? Get tickets to Ben Affleck’s The Town, which has pulled down some seriously strong reviews. Want horror? M. Night Shyamalan has you covered– more or less– with Devil. Comedy your thing? Easy A is supposedly a fairly strong teen comedy. But, really, was there ever any doubt that Affleck’s The Town would come out on top? Read on for the projections, my fellow film geeks…
Heading into the weekend, it was obvious that Ben Affleck’s The Town was the movie to beat. The film’s been racking up some strong praise from critics (it’s sitting at a wildly impressive 93% on Rotten Tomatoes; will Affleck finally take the hint and realize that we prefer him behind the camera? Let’s hope so, for his sake), has one of the best casts of any film this year, and is Affleck’s first film since the widely-praised Gone, Baby, Gone: who doesn’t want to see how he decided to follow that one up? So, it’s no surprise that the film took the top spot this weekend.
What might be surprising, however, is that the film only earned $23.6m. On the one hand, that’s strong for a film that didn’t have an enormous budget. On the other hand, it ain’t $50m. Hell, it ain’t even $25m. Taking the weekend’s always good, but bigger money’s always better. It doesn’t help that Easy A— a teen comedy starring Emma Stone– is nipping at its heels with $18.3m. That’s a small enough margin that their places on the top ten could flip by Monday, so stay tuned to see how that turns out.
The other new film in release– Devil, produced by M. Night Shyamalan and directed by Drew and John Dowdle– is looking to land a distant third, with just $12.7m. The film’s budget was even smaller than The Town, though, and that’s better than some may have expected. You can read our official review here if you haven’t already done so, but the bottom line is this: Devil probably won’t get much higher than that third place spot, and if it didn’t earn more this weekend, it’s unlikely that it’ll hold anywhere close to that $12.7m next week. So, not a bomb (thanks to the budget), but not a hit, either. Better luck next time, M. Night.
Here’s the full top ten, via Deadline:
1. The Town (Warner Bros) NEW [2,861 Theaters]
Friday $8.3M, Saturday $9.4M, Weekend $23.6M
2. Easy A (Screen Gems/Sony) NEW [2,856 Theaters]
Friday $6.8M, Saturday $7.2M, Weekend $18.3M
3. Devil (Universal) NEW [2,809 Theaters]
Friday $4.9M, Saturday $5.1M, Weekend $12.7M)
4. Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 2 [3,209 Theaters]
Friday $3M, Saturday $4.4M, Weekend $10M, Cume $44M
5. Alpha & Omega (Lionsgate) NEW [2,625 Theaters]
Friday $2.3M, Saturday $4.2M, Weekend $9M
6. Takers (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 3 
Friday $930K, Saturday $1.4M, Weekend $3M, Cume $52.3M
7. The American (Focus Features) Week 3 [2,457 Theaters]
Friday $835K, Saturday $1.2M, Weekend $2.8M, Cume $32.8M
8. The Other Guys (Sony) Week 7 [1,827 Theaters]
Friday $585K, Saturday $950K, Weekend $2M, Cume $115.4M
9. Inception (Warner Bros) Week 10 [1,305 Theaters]
Friday $595K, Saturday $900K, Weekend $1.9M, Cume $285.1M
10. Eat Pray Love (Sony) Week 6 [1,668 Theaters]
Friday $500K, Saturday $735K, Weekend $1.7, Cume $77.7M
That’s it for this week, folks. If you saw any of these movies over the weekend, sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below. We saw Devil, and…well, it wasn’t the worst movie I saw this weekend, but I would rather’ve seen The Town (the Drafthouse was sold out; Arrrgh). But anyway, let’s hear what you have to say. Did you see The Town? Devil? Easy A? Sound off below!
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