After a neck-and-neck Friday, it appears that George Clooney’s “The American” has pulled ahead of Danny Trejo’s “Machete” to capture the box office crown for the three-day weekend ending Sunday, Sept. 5.
For the three days starting the Labor Day weekend, “The American” took in an estimated $12.97 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. That topped the $11.45 million for last week’s champion, “Takers,” which only fell by 44 percent and actually had the best per-screen average of any movie in the Top 10 and has made an impressive $37.9 million after two weeks.
The Robert Rodriguez-directeed “Machete” made $11.3 million, a reasonable total for a low-budget exploitation film, finishing in third.
Although it dropped by a whopping 62.5 percent, “The Last Exorcism” made $7.645 million for a total domestic tally of just under $32.5 million, most of which is pure profit for Lionsgate.
The week’s other new release, the Drew Barrymore/Justin Long comedy “Going the Distance,” made only a minimal impact with $6.885 million for the weekend in fifth place.
Sixth place went to “The Expendables” with $6.59 million, bringing it up to $92.16 million. “The Other Guys” ($5.4 million, $106.9 million total), “Eat Pray Love” ($4.85 million, nearly $69 million total), “Inception” ($4.53 million, $277.1 million to date) and “Nanny McPhee Returns” ($3.575 million, $22.44 million to date) rounded out the Top 10.
Stay tuned to HitFix for four-day Labor Day box office returns on Monday, as well as full final results.