Audiences Flock to ‘The Town’ at U.S. Box Office

Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner in 'The Town'.

After a lengthy on-screen hiatus, actor Ben Affleck returned to the top of the box office with one of his most critically acclaimed projects to date.

Debuting to over $23.8 million, Affleck’s crime thriller ‘The Town’ easily claimed the number one spot, fending off competition from three other new releases.

In second place, teen comedy ‘Easy A’ opened to $17.7 million, a moderate success for its genre.

However, supernatural horror ‘Devil’ and children’s animation ‘Alpha and Omega’ both flopped in their debuts, grossing only $12.3 million in third place and $9.1 million in fifth place respectively.

Featuring Affleck as a director as well as an actor, ‘The Town’ tells the story of four bank robbers in the process of planning their final heist. However, when their leader Doug (Affleck) falls in love with the bank’s manager, and a top FBI agent closes in on their trail, the mission quickly turns dangerous like no other the team has experienced before.

Currently, ‘The Town’ has received universal acclaim from critics, receiving a score of 94% on film site Rotten Tomatoes from over 125 reviews. Similarly, audience members also gave the film an average rating of 87%, one of the year’s highest so far.

Most reviews praised the quality of the film’s cast and story, with the LA Times’ Kenneth Turan calling it a ‘fast-paced, character-driven heist movie that…solidifies Affleck as an actor with a genuine talent for directing’[i].

Among holdovers, sci-fi horror ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ fell over 62% from its number one opening weekend, grossing just $10. 1 million in fourth place.

Further down the top ten in ninth place, ‘Inception’ saw continued success in its tenth weekend, declining only 30% to $2 million. Once again, the film’s decline was the smallest of all the nationwide releases over the weekend.

Currently, ‘Inception’ has grossed over $735 million worldwide since its July 16th release, ranking it among the top forty highest-grossing films in history.

Top U.S. Box Office Hits

  1. The Town  -  $23.8 million
  2. Easy A  -  $17.7 million
  3. Devil  -  $12.3 million
  4. Resident Evil: Afterlife  -  $10 million
  5. Alpha and Omega  -  $9.1 million
  6. Takers  -  $3 million
  7. The American  -  $2.7 million
  8. The Other Guys  -  $2 million
  9. Inception  -  $2 million
  10. Machete  – $1.8 million

[i] Turan, Kenneth (Sep 17 2009).  http://articles.latimes.com/2010/sep/17/entertainment/la-et-town-20100917/Los Angeles Times.

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