Box Office: Shia LaBeouf trades up as 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' hits No. 1
Shia LaBeouf's box office track record is still in tact. The "Transformers" lead has now has six live action number one movies in a row since 2007's "Disturbia." The latest? Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" which opened Friday to a very good, but not great $8 million. The 20th Century Fox picture should make anywhere from $21-24 million for the weekend depending on the Saturday bump.
Holding strong in the second slot is last weekend's top picture, "The Town." Ben Affleck's thriller grossed another $5 million for a new cume of $38 million in just eight days. It should find another $15-17 million for the three-day.
Debuting on the low end of expectations in third was Zack Snyder's 3-D animated adaptation of the "Ga'Hooe" book series, "Legend of the Guardians." Even with inflated 3-D ticket prices, the owl adventure only found $4.9 million, but if Saturday matinees are strong it could end up with $18-19 million for the weekend and jump into second.
Fourth place went to Screen Gems' critically acclaimed comedy "Easy A" which grossed another $3.8 million for a new total of $24.9 million. Not what the studio was hoping for only a few short weeks ago.
Even with Betty White in the fold, "You Again" bombed big time with just $2.75 million. The Disney comedy couldn't gain interest in the market place mostly because it wasn't funny enough. Perhaps the forced PG rating had something to do with it?
Look for updated weekend estimates tomorrow on HitFix.