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Wall Street sequel top of US box office

Category: Entertainment

Published: 27th Sep 2010 09:35:22

Wall Street sequel Money Never Sleeps, starring Michael Douglas, is the number one film in North America.

Oliver Stone's movie took $19m (£12m) in its opening weekend, according to early estimates.

Box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian said the figure was disappointing but high finance was "not exactly a topic that sets the box office on fire".

Animated adventure Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole opened at number two with $16.3m (£10.3m).

Money Never Sleeps sees the return of banking bad boy Gordon Gekko, played by Douglas, who spawned a catchphrase with the line "greed is good".

Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan and Josh Brolin co-star in the sequel which is set amidst the financial crisis of 2008.

Mr Dergarabedian, analyst for box officer tracker Hollywood.com, added: "I think expectations were pretty high for this movie.

Source: Hollywood.com

"That's not only an iconic character of Gordon Gekko but it's also an iconic movie."

Ben Affleck's Heist drama The Town, co-starring British actress Rebecca Hall, dropped two places to number three, taking $16m (£10.1m).

Teen comedy Easy A also fell two places, to number four, while Disney comedy You Again - starring Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver - opened at number five with $8.3m (£5.2m).

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