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Posted at 9:35 AM ET, 09/27/2010

Weekend box office: 'Wall Street' is on top

By Jen Chaney

The box office potential of "The Owls"? Not what it seemed. (Warner Bros.)

"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" -- the sequel to Oliver Stone's 1987 insider-trading drama -- debuts at No. 1, Zack Snyder's animated family film takes second place, Betty White doesn't win over moviegoers and two movies perform solidly in limited release.

Find out the details in this week's box office rundown.

Greed is good again ... at least at the box office.

Given financial genius Gordon Gekko's involvement, is it really surprising that "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" earned a respectable $19 million over the weekend? That's a decent take for an adult-oriented film, and significantly more money than the original made 13 years ago in its first weekend of release -- $4.1 million, with a third-place debut. (Of course, that's before adjusting for inflation and while playing in far fewer theaters than "Money Never Sleeps" did.) According to Box Office Mojo, the odds are good that all those ticket buyers wanted to see Michael Douglas reprise his Gekko gig because they remembered the first go-round: 65 percent of the audience was over the age of 30.

Zack Snyder's attempt at family fare -- "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" -- came in second place with a so-so total of $16.3 million. "Alpha and Omega," the animated adventure that opened last week with $9.1 million, was pushed farther down the list, to eighth place. Box office business overall was up 3.8 percent over this time last year, even though "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" -- the top movie during a comparable weekend in 2009 -- outearned all of this week's individual releases with $25 million. Lesson learned: Family movies sell when the concept is strong ... and especially when their titles aren't super long and filled with weird words like "Ga'Hoole."

Ben Affleck's "The Town" fell from No. 1 to No. 3, but still made $16 million. Strong reviews and word-of-mouth (not to mention Oscar buzz) certainly are helping to maintain interest.

Betty White can do no wrong ... unless she's in a crummy chick flick filled with cat fights. "You Again," the ensemble rom-com featuring White, Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver -- made only $8.3 million, enough to land it in fifth place. According, again, to Box Office Mojo, that's a more dire turn-out than we saw for stinko comedies like "Mr. Woodcock." (Feel free to insert your own "Mr. Woodcock" joke here. Lord knows that randy Bettty White would.)

In limited release, both Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger" and the documentary "Waiting for Superman" did very well. "Stranger" brought in $163,000 on six screens -- a per-screen average of $27,167 -- while "Superman" earned $141,000 on four screens, with a per-screen average of $35,250. The Will Ferrell-produced "The Virginity Hit," on the other hand, generated $300,000 on 700 screens, for a far less impressive per-screen average of $429. For once, highbrow wins the day.

Now we look ahead to next weekend, when two of the most buzzed-about and well-received films of the fall season -- "The Social Network" and "Let Me In," both of which currently boast 100-percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes -- open in wide release. Will one of them be the box office winner? Or will "Wall Street" hold on to the spot? Make a prediction by voting in our poll.

By Jen Chaney  | September 27, 2010; 9:35 AM ET
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Most people can see through the hypocritical, liberal Hollywood agenda, "bash business"--(even though Hollywood IS a business, capitalism, etc.)
Americans are fed-up with liberal Hollywood, pushing their flaky agenda on us through TV, movies., trying to
"de-sensitize" Americans to same-sex marriage, for example.
Hollywood pushes their "anything goes" flaky, liberal agenda on Americans through
TV and movies.
However, we can hold Hollywood responsible for the downfall of America, too.
If I've heard one, I've heard dozens of college students say the Obama administration and Democrats has "taken the wind out of their sails" with their
demonizing and bashing business. "Democrats make people feel guilty about being successful".

Posted by: ohioan | September 27, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for Farmville: The Movie.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 27, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

i'm tired of idiots like ohioan speaking for "americans." troll.

Posted by: the_nap | September 27, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

In an interview about "Wall Street; Money Never Sleeps", Carey Mulligan said, she heard that a number of real life CEOs had a photo of Gordon Gekko in their office. Now that's scary!

It's no wonder why this country's economic status is in the toilet.

Posted by: carterm1 | September 27, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I've never heard of "Let Me In," but I do plan on seeing "The Social Network" this weekend. And "The Owls of Gahoole" was a wonderful family flick. And I hated "Despicable Me" so I don't give all family films high ratings just because they're family films.

Posted by: forgetthis | September 27, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Shia LaBeouf is the son of Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones. He is a Transformer. What next?
Shia LaBeouf is no corporate raider. He might be enjoyed by the producers in Hollywood, but audiences are exhausted. Stop pushing LaBeouf on viewers.

What was Stone thinking when making a Wall Street remake with a child actor that looks like he hasn't graduated from high school's freshman class?

Another Stone bomb. Can anybody remember, Alexander the Great? Stone destroyed his W. film. Stone is spending too much time getting stoned. Stop smoking other people's money - For example, your investors, producers, and agents. Stone has made a good movie in years.

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