Seven-Day Summary: 'The American' Leads as Summer Ends
by Ray Subers
September 10, 2010
With the summer officially ending on Monday, the box office slowed to a crawl for the remainder of the week. In fact, Wednesday was the first day since April 29 where no movie made over $1 million, and The American's $723,544 Thursday gross was the lowest for a first place finisher since Tropic Thunder led with $542,954 on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. Still, the week was up three percent over last year, when The Final Desination led.
Machete came in second place with $16.6 million. This was slightly higher than Grindhouse's $15.5 million first week, though Grindhouse saw slightly greater attendance.
In its second week, Takers dipped 41 percent to $15.6 million. The heist thriller has now earned $42 million, which is a nice chunk of change for a movie that had no fewer than five date changes, along with a title change, on its way to finally hitting theaters.
Going the Distance landed in fourth place for the week with $10.2 million. One must go back to Just Wright in May to find a nationwide romantic comedy with a lower opening gross, and Going the Distance's start qualifies as the worst opening week ever for a romantic comedy debuting at over 3,000 locations.
The Last Exorcism dropped a rough 60 percent to $10 million. Through its second week, the supernatural horror movie has earned $34.7 million. The other release from Lionsgate, The Expendables, finished just behind Last Exorcism for the week, grossing $9.7 million for an excellent four-week total of $95.3 million.