Audiences Rush to ‘Wall Street’ at U.S. Box Office

Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps'


Audiences turned out in numbers last week for the return of shady finance broker Gordon Gekko, as director Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street’ sequel easily topped the U.S. box office charts.

At $19 million, ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’’ opening gross was higher than most adult dramas, as well as the original film’s $8.2 opening in 1987.

Children’s movie ‘Legend of the Guardians’ and romantic comedy ‘You and Me’, by contrast, both flopped with merely $16.1 million and $8.4 million in second and fifth place respectively.

Starring Michael Douglas in a reprisal of his classic role, ‘Money Never Sleeps’ takes place in 2008 during the global financial crisis, beginning with Gekko’s release from jail after serving a ten year sentence for insider trading.

Eager to re-establish his standing in a changed economic climate, Gekko subsequently recruits young hot-shot stockbroker Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf) to aid him in his schemes, while at the same time trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan).

Although the sequel has not been as well received by critics as the original, reviews have nevertheless praised Michael Douglas’s performance as Gekko.

In a review of the film for the New York Daily News, critic Joe Neumaier described Douglas as giving Gekko ‘uncounted layers as he fakes, deals, and fuels fire’[i].

Currently, ‘Money Never Sleeps’ has an overall rating of 57% on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, based on reviews from 166 critics.

Rounding out the top five, last week’s box office winner ‘The Town’ declined just 34% to $15.6 million in third place, an impressive result for a crime thriller.

Top U.S. Box Office Hits

  1. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps  -  $19 million
  2. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole  -  $16.1 million
  3. The Town  -  $15.6 million
  4. Easy A  -  $10.6 million
  5. You Again  -  $8.4 million
  6. Devil  -  $6.6 million
  7. Resident Evil: Afterlife  -  $5 million
  8. Alpha and Omega  -  $4.7 million
  9. Takers  -  $1.6 million
  10. Inception  -  $1.2 million

‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ is currently playing in Hong Kong and has a tentative release date of October 15th in mainland China.



[i] Neumaier, Joe. “BIG DIVIDENDS”.  New York Daily News. Pg 5, September 20, 2010.

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