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"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" leads weekend box office

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The new movie by Oliver Stone and starring Michael Douglas led the other movies released by Hollywood this weekend. However, it was a particularly weak weekend. The movie was number one despite pulling in only $19 million. While the returns were decent, it was hardly the box office rush the movie makers were hoping for.

In second place was the animated adventure about owls “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.” The movie raked in $16.3 million, barely edging out last week’s box office topper “The Town.” The Ben Affleck-starring and directing film pulled in $16 million for the weekend.

“The Town” is the one bright spot during this early Fall movie scheduled when many movie studios have little to release as they save their big movies for the holidays. The movie did solid business its first weekend and had increased its 10-day total to $49.1 million. Some industry experts have stated that it stands a good chance of pulling in $100 million.

The teen comedy starring Emma Stone, “Easy A” also held up well but dropped to the fourth place slot. The movie made $10. million. So far its 10-day total has been $32.8 million.

The new Disney comedy starring Betty White, Sigourney Weaver, Kristin Bell, and Jamie Lee Curtis, “You Again” opened in fifth place. It was a disappointing opening for the movie and it pulled in a dismal $8.3 million.

The entire movie industry has been experiencing a downturn throughout the summer. So far, the early Fall returns are not restoring much hope. In 2009, during the same weekend, the hit movie was “Cloud With a Chance of Meatballs” which did an average of $8,000-per-theater. That movie had pulled in $25 million.

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