‘Wall Street’ Tops the Friday Box-Office with Affleck’s ‘Town’ Holding Strong

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I’m sure it’s strange for a lot of people to see the words “Wall Street” in a positive light, but Fox’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps has indeed topped the Friday box-office and will take home the weekend crown. The film managed $8 million on Friday and will be pushing hard for a $23 million weekend, but buzz could push it one way or another. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it end just above $20m or as high as $24. One thing’s for sure, Laremy’s prediction of only $19.1 million is off, but even more of a misfire was his prediction for Zack Snyder’s animated owl movie.

Laremy projected a whopping $31.1 for Snyder’s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, which is said to have been made for a blistering $100 million (source), a figure I have no idea why Warner Bros. felt was worth spending. Disappointing for owl fans, Guardians only mustered $4.9 million on Friday and will have to scratch and claw if it wants to see $17 million for the weekend. Kids films always perform better on Saturday and Sunday, but does this one have the juice to push any higher?

One film performing well is director Ben Affleck’s The Town which is looking at only a 38% drop from it’s box-office topping $23.8 million opening weekend. The Town scored $5 million on Friday and will look at a $15-16 million weekend. Not too bad.

In fourth is Emma Stone’s Easy A, and Stone’s value has certainly climbed recently as she is now being considered alongside one of the year’s early stars, Alice in Wonderland‘s Mia Wasikowska, for roles in the upcoming untitled Spider-Man reboot. Expectation is Stone will be playing Mary Jane (a role previously played by Kirsten Dunst) and Wasikowska will take on Gwen Stacy (the role previously played by Bryce Dallas Howard). Just look at those stars rise.

Coming in fifth is the week’s other new wide opener, You Again, which pulled in $2.75 million and is looking at a $9 million opening weekend. Reviews peg this one as a stinker and if word of mouth is as bad as its 13% RottenTomatoes rating that $9 million may end up as wishful thinking.

Missing the top ten is Screen Gems’s new limited opener The Virginity Hit, which managed a meager $105,000 from 650 theaters.

I’ve included the Friday top ten directly below and I will be here Sunday with a complete wrap-up of the weekend.

  1. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – $8 million
  2. The Town – $5 million
  3. Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole – $4.9 million
  4. Easy A – $3.8 million
  5. You Again – $2.75 million
  6. Devil – $2.3 million
  7. Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D – $1.8 million
  8. Alpha and Omega – $1.1 million
  9. Takers – $575,000
  10. The American – $400,000