The Last Exorcism and Takers Trump Avatar

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UPDATE: It looks as though Takers has pulled ahead of The Last Exorcism, with $20.6 million versus $20.4 million respectively. This is based on revised numbers from Sunday, where Takers outperformed Exorcism.

Audiences surprised box office analysts as The Last Exorcism and Takers both brought in over $20 million over the weekend, while the re-released Avatar failed to even register on the top ten. This is certainly a change from last weekend, when none of the films could manage to bring in more than $15 million, suggesting that the summer season had ended.

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The Last Exorcism landed first with an estimated $21.3 million, which makes it a resounding success since it cost only $1.8 million to produce. Takers was a close second at $21 million, and boasted an impressive $9,500 per-screen average.

The Expendables dropped to third, earning an additional $9.5 million to have a three week total of $82 million. Not bad for a bunch of "has-been" action stars. Coming in fourth, Eat, Pray, Love added $7 million for a $60.7 million total.

And in fifth this week, The Other Guys managed to earn another $6.6 million, adding up to a total of about $99.3 million after four weeks in theaters. Honorable mention goes out to Avatar, which was re-released into IMAX 3-D theaters with 9 minutes of additional footage, bringing in roughly $4 million to land at #12 on the box office list.

Check out the numbers for the top five below!

  1. The Last Exorcism - $21,300,000
  2. Takers - $21,000,000
  3. The Expendables - $9,500,000
  4. Eat, Pray, Love - $7,000,000
  5. The Other Guys - $6,600,000

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The Last Exorcism Quotes

The bible is filled with demons. If you believe in God, you have to believe in the devil. Jesus himself was an exorcist. Therefore, if you are Christian and you believe in the bible, and you believe in Jesus Christ, you have to believe in demons.

Cotton Marcus

Reverend, how about a blowing job?

Nell Sweetzer

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