'Wall Street 2' Has Enough Greed to Win at Box Office


Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf


With an estimated $19 million opening gross, the 'Wall Street' sequel beats another newcomer 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole' which boasts its 3-D visuals.

Just like the spirit of its main character Gordon Gekko, "greed is good" for "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps". The movie rakes in $19 million on its debut weekend, placing itself on the top of North American Box Office. It also becomes the best opener for director Oliver Stone, passing the $18.7 million obtained by his 2006 "World Trade Center".

This follow-up to 1987 "Wall Street" is strongest among older audiences, with moviegoers over the age of 30 comprising two-thirds of ticket-holders. The crime drama once raised doubt after it was pushed back from its initial release date but 20th Century Fox apparently had a good reason for that, believing that a release in an autumnal season is more hospitable to adult fare.

On number two there is "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" which might not meet Warner Bros.' expectation. Made with an estimated $80 million budget, the animation by director Zack Snyder only collects $16.1 million despite the advantage of higher 3-D ticket prices.

Last week champion "The Town", meanwhile, has a strong second weekend. The Ben Affleck-directed movie drops a modest 34.5% in ticket sales, adding $15.6 million to its domestic revenue and sitting on the third place. "Easy A" follows on number four with $10.6 million. The teen comedy also suffers a slight decline of 40.2%.

On the other hand, another drama comedy "You Again" is not as successful as "Easy A". Supported with all-star female cast like Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis and Betty White, the women-at-war themed film debuts on number five with $8.4 million.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for September 24-26:

  1. "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps" - $19 million
  2. "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" - $16.1 million
  3. "The Town" - $15.6 million
  4. "Easy A" - $10.6 million
  5. "You Again" - $8.4 million
  6. "Devil" - $6.6 million
  7. "Resident Evil: Afterlife" - $4.9 million
  8. "Alpha and Omega" - $4.7 million
  9. "Takers" - $1.6 million
  10. "Inception" - $1.2 million

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