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'The Town' & Emma Stone 'Easy A' Surprise

Rebecca Hall, Ben Affleck, The Town
Rebecca Hall, Ben Affleck, The Town

Sept. 24, '10, update: Ben Affleck's The Town, featuring Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, and Blake Lively, topped the North American box office for the seventh consecutive day, grossing $2.1 million on Thursday, Sept. 23, according to Box Office Mojo.

Thursday was in all likelihood the heist thriller's last day on top. Opening today are Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, starring Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf; Zack Snyder's animated 3D Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole; and the Disney release You Again, starring Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Sigourney Weaver.

At no. 2, the Emma Stone vehicle Easy A earned $1.05 million, remaining only marginally above the $1m-per-day mark.

At no. 3 was the Milla Jovovich-Wentworth Miller actioner Resident Evil: Afterlife with $749,000.

At no. 4, the M. Night Shyamalan presentation Devil earned $647,000, followed by the animated Alpha and Omega with $314,000. Expect Alpha and Omega to jump somewhat this weekend – kiddie flicks usually do.

The Anton Corbijn-George Clooney thriller/drama The American collected $228,000 at no. 6.

Next in line were the Hayden Christensen-Chris Brown-Paul Walker thriller Takers with $219,000 at no. 7, and Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco's romantic drama Eat Pray Love with $189,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception with $176,000, Ethan Maniquis-Robert Rodriguez's Machete with $165,000, Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's The Other Guys with $148,000, Drew Barrymore-Justin Long's Going the Distance with $125,000.

Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables (no. 13 with $121,000) has been kept all week long out of the top twelve. Now it has basically no chance of getting back onto the chart.

Among the top twelve movies, The Town had the highest per-theater average, $736. Going the Distance had the lowest, $62.

Also among the top twelve movies, six posted Wednesday-to-Thursday attendance increases on Thursday; six sold fewer tickets. Both the increases and the decreases remained well below the 10 percent mark.

Inception and The Other Guys had the highest increases, up 5.9 percent. The Town had the highest drop-off rate, down 7.2 percent.

Photo: The Town (Claire Folger / Warner Bros.)

Sept. 23

Jon Hamm, The Town, Ben Affleck
Jon Hamm in Ben Affleck's The Town

Ben Affleck's The Town, featuring Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, and Blake Lively, topped the North American box office for the sixth day in a row, taking in $2.26 million on Wednesday, Sept. 22, according to Box Office Mojo. Total to date: $30.98 million.

At no. 2, the Emma Stone vehicle Easy A earned $1.01 million, falling perilously close to the $1m-per-day mark. Next was the Milla Jovovich-Wentworth Miller actioner Resident Evil: Afterlife with $730k.

At no. 4, the M. Night Shyamalan presentation Devil earned $660,000, followed by the animated Alpha and Omega with $319,000.

The Anton Corbijn-George Clooney thriller/drama The American collected $229,000.

Next in line were the Hayden Christensen-Chris Brown-Paul Walker thriller Takers with $213,000 at no. 7, and Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco's romantic drama Eat Pray Love with $184,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Ethan Maniquis-Robert Rodriguez's Machete with $173,000, Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception with $166,000, Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's The Other Guys with $140,000, Drew Barrymore-Justin Long's Going the Distance with $132,000.

Among the top twelve movies, The Town had the highest per-theater average, $793. Going the Distance had the lowest, $66.

The top ten movies at the North American box office were down 15.5 percent on Wednesday. Not surprisingly, every single movie on the top twelve chart posted attendance decreases.

Inception had the lowest Tuesday-to-Wednesday drop-off rate, down 6.7 percent. Devil had the highest, down 22.9 percent.

Photo: The Town (Claire Folger / Warner Bros.)

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George Clooney, Irina Bjorklun, The American
George Clooney, Irina Bjorklun in Anton Corbijn's The American

The top ten movies at the North American box office were up 13.3 percent on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Every single movie on the top twelve chart posted attendance increases according to figures found at Box Office Mojo.

George Clooney's The American and the Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco romantic drama Eat Pray Love posted the most significant surges, up 31.2 percent and up 29.7 percent.

Ben Affleck's The Town, featuring Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, and Blake Lively, once again led the pack in dollar terms with $2.61 million. After five days, the heist thriller has grossed a total of $28.71 million.

At no. 2, the Emma Stone vehicle Easy A earned $1.23 million, followed by the Milla Jovovich-Wentworth Miller actioner Resident Evil: Afterlife with $905,000. Afterlife will cross the $50 million milestone some time next weekend.

At no. 4, the M. Night Shyamalan presentation Devil earned $856,000. Next was the animated Alpha and Omega with $364,000.

Up one spot at no. 6 was the Anton Corbijn-directed thriller/drama The American with $272,000.

Next in line were the Hayden Christensen-Chris Brown-Paul Walker thriller Takers, down one spot with $243,000 at no. 7, and Eat Pray Love with $203,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Ethan Maniquis-Robert Rodriguez's Machete with $187,000, Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception with $178,000, Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's The Other Guys with $150,000, Drew Barrymore-Justin Long's Going the Distance with $144,000.

Among the top twelve movies, The Town had the highest per-theater average, $914. Going the Distance had the lowest, $72.

Also among the top twelve, The American had the highest Monday-to-Tuesday increase, up 31.2 percent. Devil had the lowest, up 7 percent.

Photo: The American (Giles Keyte / Alliance Atlantis)

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Emma Stone, Easy A
Emma Stone in Will Gluck's Easy A

Ben Affleck's The Town, featuring Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, and Blake Lively, collected $2.28 million on Monday, topping North America's box office chart according to Box Office Mojo.

Averaging $800 per site, The Town fell below the daily $1,000-per-theater mark on Day 4. The same happened to fellow newcomer Easy A ($376).

The M. Night Shyamalan presentation Devil, which averaged $285 on Monday, fellow below the $1,000 mark – with $925 per venue – on Sunday, its third day out. Alpha and Omega, which averaged only $123 on Monday, posted a below-$1,000 average – $872 – on its Friday debut.

At no. 2 on Monday, the Emma Stone vehicle Easy A brought in $1.07 million. Will Gluck's teen revamping of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter will in all probability fall below the $1m-per-day mark sometime this week.

Up one spot at no. 3 was the Milla Jovovich-Wentworth Miller actioner Resident Evil: Afterlife, which grossed $838,000.

Down one spot at no. 4, Devil earned $800,000, followed by Alpha and Omega with $324,000 at no. 5.

Resident Evil: Afterlife, Devil, and Alpha and Omega all fell below the $1m-per-day mark on Monday. It was Day 11 for the first title; Day 4 for the last two.

At no. 6 was the Hayden Christensen-Paul Walker thriller Takers with $214,000.

Next in line were Anton Corbijn-George Clooney's The American with $207,000 at no. 7 and Ethan Maniquis-Robert Rodriguez's Machete with $172,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco's Eat Pray Love with $157,000, Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception with $156,000, Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's The Other Guys down three spots with $131,000, and Drew Barrymore-Justin Long's Going the Distance, back among the top twelve, with $117,000.

Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables (with $114,000) was kicked out of the top twelve a mere three days after it passed the $100 million milestone – but the mercenaries may be back on the chart in the next couple of days.

Among the top twelve movies, The Town had the highest per-theater average, the aforementioned $800. Going the Distance had the lowest, $58.

Also among the top twelve, The Town had the lowest Sunday-to-Monday drop-off rate, down 62.1 percent. Kiddie flick Alpha and Omega had the highest, down 87.9 percent.

Photo: Easy A (Adam Taylor / Columbia Pictures)

Sept. 20

Rebecca Hall, Ben Affleck, The Town
Rebecca Hall, Ben Affleck, The Town

The two big box office news this past weekend were that Ben Affleck's heist thriller The Town performed much better than expected and that the Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner romantic fantasy The Twilight Saga: Eclipse passed the $300 million milestone at the domestic box office.

Actuals are now in: The Town, which also features Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, and Blake Lively, took in $23.8 million according to Box Office Mojo. That was pretty much what Warner Bros. had predicted.

Eclipse, directed by David Slade from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, and featuring Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Xavier Samuel, Bryce Dallas Howard, Peter Facinelli, and Jackson Rathbone, among others, passed the $300 million mark on Day 81, Saturday. Its total gross to date is $300.1 million.

Something else worth noting: at no. 2 this past weekend was the Emma Stone vehicle Easy A with $17.7 million – that's about $500,000 less than the studio estimates reported yesterday.

At no. 3, the M. Night Shyamalan presentation Devil collected $12.28 million. This one has been greeted by bad reviews and poor word of mouth. It'll likely disappear fast.

At no. 4 was the Milla Jovovich-Wentworth Miller actioner Resident Evil: Afterlife with $10 million – down 62.5 percent from a week ago.

Newcomer Alpha and Omega, distributed by Lionsgate, debuted with a modest $9.1 million at no. 5.

At no. 6 was the Hayden Christensen-Paul Walker thriller Takers with $3.02 million, followed by Anton Corbijn-George Clooney's The American with $2.67 million.

Next in line was Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's The Other Guys with $1.97 million at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception with $1.96 million, Ethan Maniquis-Robert Rodriguez's Machete with $1.75 million, Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco's Eat Pray Love with $1.61 million, Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables with $1.37 million.

Stallone's action flick passed the $100 million milestone on Day 36, Friday. The Expendables has grossed $101.02 million after six weekends.

Among the top twelve movies, The Town had the highest per-theater average, $8,322. The Expendables had the lowest, $741.

Also among the top twelve (barring new entries The Town, Easy A, Devil, and Alpha and Omega), Inception had by far the lowest drop-off rate, down 29.8 percent. Resident Evil: Afterlife had the highest, down 62.5 percent.

Photo: The Town (Claire Folger / Warner Bros.)

Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield, Never Let Me Go
Nev Schulman, Catfish
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, Jack Goes Boating
Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield, Never Let Me Go (top); Nev Schulman, Catfish (middle); Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, Jack Goes Boating (bottom)

Catfish and Never Let Me Go are two new releases performing particularly well in limited release in North America.

This past weekend, Catfish took in $257,000 at 12 venues, averaging $21,440 per theater. Never Let Me Go collected $111,000 at 4 venues, averaging $27,934 per theater, according to Box Office Mojo.

Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, Catfish is a documentary sold as a thriller – one whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters – chronicling the unusual relationship between Schulman's brother, Nev Schulman, and an 8-year-old girl from rural Michigan who asks via Facebook for permission to paint one of Ariel's photographs, and the girl's 19-year-old sister.

Directed by Mark Romanek, Never Let Me Go has received many glowing (and some not-so-glowing) reviews. Set in an alternate post-World War II England, the drama/thriller/sci-fier based on Kazuo Ishiguro's novel stars Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield (that's the new Spider-Man), and Keira Knightley. In the supporting cast: Charlotte Rampling and Sally Hawkins.

Doing considerably less well at the North American box office is Philip Seymour Hoffman's vehicle Jack Goes Boating, which drew only $29,000 at 4 sites, averaging $7,229 per theater.

Tim Blake Nelson's comedy-drama Leaves of Grass, starring Edward Norton, and Chris Hegedus' documentary Kings of Pastry, fared similarly, averaging $6,996 (at 3 sites) and $7,581 (at 2 sites), respectively.

Photo: Jack Goes Boating (K.C. Bailey / Big Beach Films and Overture Films); Never Let Me Go (Alex Bailey / Fox Searchlight); Catfish (Rogue Pictures).

Sept. 18

Ben Affleck's heist thriller The Town topped the North American box office this weekend (Sept. 17-19), collecting $23.8 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

Most pundits had predicted The Town (cost: $37m) would debut in the $18m-$20 million range, but like another late-summer heist thriller, John Luessenhop's Takers, Affleck's second directorial feature performed way above expectations.

In fact, on its first weekend out the well-received The Town has grossed more than Affleck's previous directorial effort, Gone Baby Gone, during its entire run in late 2007 (total: $20.3m).

In addition to Affleck, the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures release features The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Owen Burke, Chris Cooper, and Pete Postlethwaite.

Even though its $8,319 per-theater average wasn't exactly of blockbuster caliber, The Town should be able to hold on throughout early fall if word of mouth remains as positive as most critics' reviews. (Audiences gave the film an average A- as per CinemaScore.) Studio ads emphasizing Oscar talk for the film and for filmmaker Affleck wouldn't hurt, either.

Now, following the unexpected success of Affleck's film, someone somewhere (who knows better) will now be saying that The Town is proof positive that North American audiences want fresh, high-quality material at their local multiplex.

Well, sometimes they do – Christopher Nolan's Inception, after all, topped three consecutive weekends this summer.

Just make sure you don't look back at the weekends when Clash of the Titans, Nightmare on Elm Street, Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, The Karate Kid, The Expendables, and Resident Evil: Afterlife topped the charts.

And pretend that Adam Sandler's Grown Ups never existed.

Photo: The Town (Claire Folger / Warner Bros.)

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Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, The Town
Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, The Town

Ben Affleck's heist thriller The Town did better than expected at the U.S. and Canada box office on Friday, taking in $8.4 million according to studio estimates.

The Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures release starring Affleck and The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner is expected to top the weekend with $25 million in ticket sales. That's more than Gone Baby Gone, Affleck's previous directorial effort, collected during its entire run in late 2007 (total: $20.3m).

The Emma Stone vehicle Easy A, a revamping of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, debuted with $6.8 million. Some pundits had expected Easy A to top the North American box office chart, but that seems unlikely now.

Another new entry, the M. Night Shyamalan presentation Devil landed in third place with $4.9 million.

At no. 4 was the Milla Jovovich-Wentworth Miller actioner Resident Evil: Afterlife with $3 million – down a whopping 72 percent from a week ago.

Newcomer Alpha and Omega debuted with a modest $2.3 million at no. 5.

At no. 6 was the Hayden Christensen-Paul Walker thriller Takers with 900,000, followed by Anton Corbijn-George Clooney's The American with 800k.

Next in line were Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception tied with Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's The Other Guys with an estimated gross of $600,000 at no. 8.

At no. 10, Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez's Machete, featuring Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, and Jessica Alba, collected $500,000.

Gone from the top ten were Drew Barrymore and Justin Long's romantic comedy Going the Distance, Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco's romantic drama Eat Pray Love, Sylvester Stallone's action flick The Expendables, and Daniel Stamm's mockumentary The Last Exorcism.

Source: TheWrap

Photo: The Town (Claire Folger / Warner Bros.)

Sept. 17 afternoon

Emma Stone, Easy A
Emma Stone, Easy A

Sep. 19 update: The Emma Stone vehicle Easy A, a revamping of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, debuted with $18.2 million at 2,856 venues, averaging a passable 6,373 per theater, as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Some box office clairvoyants had foreseen Easy A (cost: $8m) topping the U.S. and Canada box office chart with anywhere between $16m-$26 million.

Whether you believe Will Gluck's teen flick overperformed, underperformed, or performed as expected depends on whose box office “expert” you choose to follow. Either way, if Easy A's reported production costs are accurate, the Columbia release has recovered its budget (and some change) after a mere three days.

Also in the Easy A cast: Penn Badgley, Amanda Byrnes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, Lisa Kudrow, veteran Malcolm McDowell, and Twilight's Cam Gigandet.

Another new entry, the M. Night Shyamalan presentation Devil landed in third place with $12.58 million, pretty much according to expectations.

Directed by John Erick Dowdle, Devil, which was not screened for critics and has been receiving pans online, features Geoffrey Arend, Logan Marshall-Green, Chris Messina, Bojana Novakovic, and Jenny O'Hara.

The horror flick chronicles the unhappy fate of several people, including the devil, trapped inside an elevator. It averaged a none-too-impressive $4,480 at 2,809 theaters.

Photo: Easy A (Adam Taylor / Columbia Pictures).

Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables
Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables

At no. 4 at the North American box office this weekend was the Milla Jovovich-Wentworth Miller actioner Resident Evil: Afterlife with $10.1 million – down 62.2 percent from a week ago – according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

The independently made, Screen Gems-distributed, $60 million action/adventure/sci-fier will have trouble matching its production cost at the domestic box office. That's not all that surprising, as the Resident Evil sequels have performed much better overseas.

Newcomer Alpha and Omega, distributed by Lionsgate, debuted with a modest $9.2 million at no. 5, averaging only $3,505 at 2,625 theaters.

At no. 6 was the Hayden Christensen-Paul Walker thriller Takers with $3 million (down 47.1 percent; cost $32m; total: $52.34 million), followed by Anton Corbijn-George Clooney's The American with $2.75 million (down 51.4 percent; cost $20m; total: $32.85m).

As predicted, The American will end its run in the $35 million range. That's similar to the take of previous Clooney efforts such as The Men Who Stare at Goats, Leatherheads, Good Night, and Good Luck., and Intolerable Cruelty.

Next in line this weekend were Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception with $2.01 million (down 28.1 percent; cost $160m; total: $285.17m) at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were:

  • Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg's The Other Guys with $2 million (down 40.3 percent; cost $100m; total: $115.43m),
  • Ethan Maniquis-Robert Rodriguez's Machete with $1.7 million (down 60.4 percent; cost $20m; total: $24.33m),
  • Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco's Eat Pray Love with $1.7 million (down 41.9 percent; cost $60m; total: $77.68m),
  • Sylvester Stallone's action flick The Expendables with $1.4 million (down 56.6 percent; cost $80m). Stallone's action flick has passed the $100 million milestone, with a grand total of $101.05 million after six weekends.

Unless studio estimates are off, gone from the top twelve were Drew Barrymore and Justin Long's romantic comedy Going the Distance (at no. 13 with $1.32m) on its third weekend out.

Also gone were Daniel Stamm's mockumentary The Last Exorcism, Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns, and Jennifer Aniston-Jason Bateman's The Switch.

Among the top twelve movies, The Town had the highest per-theater average, $8,319. The Expendables had the lowest, $755.

Also among the top twelve (barring new entries The Town, Easy A, Devil, and Alpha and Omega), Inception had by far the lowest drop-off rate, down 28.1 percent. Resident Evil: Afterlife posted the highest, down 62.2 percent.

Taking into account only the top twelve movies, the North American box office was up 34.5 percent compared to last weekend. On the downside, it was the third lowest-grossing weekend in 2010.

Photo: The Expendables (Karen Ballard / Lionsgate)

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James Cameron, Sam Worthington, Avatar
Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Hayden Christensen, Takers
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, The Expendables
James Cameron, Sam Worthington, Avatar (top); Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (upper middle); Hayden Christensen, Takers (lower middle); Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Jason Statham, The Expendables (bottom)

Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Afterlife topped the box office on Thursday, while either Ben Affleck's The Town or Emma Stone's Easy A (or, less likely, the M. Night Shyamalan presentation Devil) will top the box office this weekend. But the big box office news of the day, however, lies elsewhere.

First, James Cameron's Avatar: Special Edition has finally passed the $10 million mark at the domestic box office, following Thursday grosses of $81,000. The eagerly anticipated Avatar rerelease has taken in a grand total of $10.078 million after 21 days, according to Box Office Mojo.

Despite Avatar's meager receipts, 20th Century Fox surely hasn't lost any money rereleasing it. But I have no doubt that some big egos have been badly bruised.

Also, the Paul Walker-Hayden Christensen-Matt Dillon heist thriller Takers should pass the $50 million mark on Saturday, while Sylvester Stallone's violent actioner The Expendables will pass the $100 million milestone some time today.

And finally, the Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart-Taylor Lautner romantic fantasy The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, directed by David Slade, should cross the momentous $300 million mark some time today or at the very latest on Saturday. Eclipse's grand total currently stands at $299.894 million.

Photos: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment); Takers (Suzanne Tenner / Screen Gems); The Expendables (Karen Ballard / Lionsgate); Avatar (Mark Fellman / 20th Century Fox).

Sept. 17 early morning

Jeremy Renner, Slaine, Owen Burke, Ben Affleck, The Town
Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Easy A
Devil, M. Night Shyamalan
Alpha and Omega, voice Justin Long
Jeremy Renner, Slaine, Owen Burke, Ben Affleck, The Town (top); Emma Stone, Penn Badgley in Will Gluck's Easy A (upper middle); John Erick Dowdle's Devil (lower middle); Alpha and Omega, which features Justin Long's voice (bottom)

Ben Affleck's heist thriller The Town, the M. Night Shyamalan “presentation” Devil, and the Emma Stone vehicle Easy A are the three contenders for the top spot at the North American box office this weekend.

In an Associated Press report that reads more like a promo for the upcoming movies, Paul Dergarabedian guesstimates that Easy A will be by far the top new entry.

“With clear affection for the classic [John] Hughes comedies, director Will Gluck and screenwriter Bert V. Royal deliver edgy dialogue ripped straight from the Juno playbook, along with an offbeat visual style and an endearing performance by Emma Stone — all sure to make Easy A a must assignment for the high school crowd.”

An updating of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (much like Clueless was Amy Heckerling's high-schoolization of Jane Austen's Emma), Easy A, which features Amanda Bynes, Lisa Kudrow, Stanley Tucci, and Patricia Clarkson, has less ardent fans elsewhere.

Not that other box office predictors don't like the movie; they just believe it'll bring in much less cash than the “around $30m” predicted by Dergarabedian. Elsewhere, Easy A is expected to gross between $12.5 million and $18 million.

In fact, a few pundits have given the weekend's top spot to Ben Affleck's The Town, which has received positive notices. Starring Affleck, Blake Lively, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner, The Town is expected to make $16m-$18 million.

Devil, about a possessed elevator or bedeviled elevator passenger or some such (PG-13 fare), is expected to take in between $10m-$20 million. That's quite a wide range, of course, chiefly inflated by Dergarabedian's prediction. Devil stars Chris Messina. John Erick Dowdle directed.

Lionsgate's animated Alpha and Omega is expected to collect around $10 million.

Like its two predecessors, last week's champion, Resident Evil: Afterlife, should lose about 60-65 percent of its audience on weekend no. 2. That would translate into approximately $10m, landing it either on the no. 4 or no. 5 spot.

A few other sources: Blogcritics.org, Box Office Guru, The HD Room, Hollywood Insider.

Photos: The Town (Claire Folger / Warner Bros.); Easy A (Adam Taylor / Columbia); Alpha and Omega (Lionsgate / Crest Animation); Devil (Universal Pictures).

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