Friday Box Office – It’s a Photo Finish for THE AMERICAN and MACHETE

     September 4, 2010

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George Clooney’s  The American gets to claim Friday’s top spot for now. One day into summer’s final weekend – and three days after it debuted in 2,721 locations – The American made an estimated $3.9 million: barely ahead of Machete’s estimate of $3.8 million from 2,670 venues. That’s pretty much too close to call, in my opinion. And if those numbers feel kind of, er,  low to you, know that both films managed to best (barely) what last year’s Labor Day “top five” earned going into their own four-day holiday. Finally, there’s New Line’s Going the Distance. The new romantic comedy just made the top five with an estimated $2.2 million from 3,030 locations. That really is as low as it appears… even with the diminished expectations typically associated with Labor Day factored in. Full details on summer’s final curtain call when you check back later this weekend.

Title Title Total
1 The American $3,900,000 $7
2 Machete $3,800,000 $3.8
3 Takers $3,000,000 $29.4
4 The Last Exorcism $2,300,000 $27
5 Going the Distance $2,200,000 $2,2
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