Ben Affleck’s The Town Tops Weekend Box Office

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The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

The new Ben Affleck-directed crime-drama The Town (Warner Bros.) topped the weekend box office with an estimated $23.8 million from 2,861 theaters, an average of $8,319 per site. Affleck’s second film as a director was made for $37 million and stars Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite and Chris Cooper.

Also performing well was Screen Gems’ Easy A, which opened in second place to $18.2 million from 2,856 theaters. The film only cost $8 million to make and averaged $6,373 per location. Directed by Will Gluck, the comedy stars Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm MacDowell, Aly Michalka and Stanley Tucci.

Universal’s Devil debuted in third place with $12.6 million from 2,809 theaters. Produced by M. Night Shyamalan, the supernatural thriller was directed by the Dowdle brothers and stars Chris Messina, Geoffrey Arend, Logan Marshall-Green, Bojana Novakovic, Jenny O’Hara, Bokeem Woodbine and Jacob Vargas.

Screen Gems’ Resident Evil: Afterlife dropped 62.1% in tickets sales and down to fourth place, adding $10.1 million for a two-week domestic total of $44 million. The movie again was No. 1 at the international box office with $38.7 million and has earned $103 million overseas so far. The fourth installment in the franchise was made for $60 million.

Newcomer Alpha and Omega rounded out the top five with $9.2 million from 2,625 theaters. The animated adventure features the voices of Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover, Larry Miller, Eric Price, Vicki Lewis, Chris Carmack, Kevin Sussman, Brian Donovan and Christina Ricci.

Opening in limited release, Catfish took in $255,000 from 12 theaters, an average of $21,250 per site, while Never Let Me Go collected $121,000 from four theaters, an average of $30,250 per location. Jack Goes Boating also opened in four theaters with $30,000 and Leaves of Grass brought in $25,000 from three theaters.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.