UPDATE! "Takers" takes Box-Office Crown from "The Last Exorcism" 


UPDATE: According to final tally, "Takers" was the No. 1 movie in America and NOT "The Last Exorcism." Yesterday, the films were only separated by $300,000, today, it was a mere $146,000 with "Takers" ahead with $20.5 million compared to $20.4 million for "The Last Exorcism."

Here's the final Top 10 list of box-office films:

1. 'Takers,' $20.5 million (2,206 screens), new release
2. 'The Last Exorcism,' $20.4 million (2,874), new release
3. 'The Expendables,' $9.5 million (3,398), $82.0 million total
4. 'Eat Pray Love,' $6.8 million (3,108), $60.5 million
5. 'The Other Guys,' $6.3 million (3,181 screens), $99.0 million
6. 'Vampires Suck,' $5.2 million (3,233), $27.8 million
7. 'Inception,' $4.9 million (2,070), $270.5 million
8. 'Nanny McPhee Returns,' $4.7 million (2,798), $17.0 million
9. 'The Switch,' $4.6 million (2,017), $16.4 million
10. 'Piranha 3D,' $4.3 million (2,491), $18.3 million

"The Last Exorcism" and "Takers" were neck and neck for the No. 1 box office spot according to studio estimates. The horror film "The Last Exorcism" had a very slim lead with a $21.3 million box-office take compared to $21 million opening for "Takers." The distance between the first and the second was a mere $300,000.

Meanwhile, after enjoying the top spot for two weekends, "The Expendables" from actor-writer-director Sylvester Stallone fell to No. 3 with $9.5 million. So far, the Lionsgate testosterone fest has raised its total to $82 million.

Somewhere in the box-office planet, the 3-D special edition of "Avatar" (with additional 9 minutes of footage) sold $4 million worth of tickets lifting its domestic total to $753.8 million.

"The Last Exorcism" only cost $2 million to produce and Lionsgate only shelled out $1 million to distribute the horror flick about an exorcist caught on tape.

Here's the estimated Top 10 list of box-office films for weekend of Aug. 27th (final tally will be released Monday and since the lead between "The Last Exorcism" and "Takers" were so small, expect the Top 10 to change):

1. "The Last Exorcism," $21.3 million.

2. "Takers," $21 million.

3. "The Expendables," $9.5 million.

4. "Eat Pray Love," $7 million.

5. "The Other Guys," $6.6 million.

6. "Vampires Suck," $5.3 million.

7. "Inception," $5.1 million.


8. "Nanny McPhee Returns," $4.74 million

9. "The Switch," $4.7 million.

10. "Piranha 3D," $4.3 million.

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