At The Movies: ‘Wall Street’ Sequel Takes Weekend Box Office

By Tim Boswell  |  09/27/2010

Wall Street movieMovie fans returned to the box office over the weekend to see how Michael Douglas' character, Gordon Gekko, from the original "Wall Street" is 23 years after the 1987 film, and they came in flocks, helping the new version "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" take #1 with $19 million this weekend.

Still, the "Wall Street" sequel's performance at this weekend's box office was less than expected, which reunites director Oliver Stone with Douglas, who reprises his role as the investment shark.

For the sequel, the studios enlisted Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan and Josh Brolin in a tale set against the 2008 economic meltdown.

"I think expectations were pretty high for this movie. That's not only an iconic character of Gordon Gekko but it's also an iconic movie," Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for, told the Associated Press. "But then, it's about the world of high finance. That's not exactly a topic that sets the box office on fire, so I don't think younger audiences were necessarily going to rush out for something like that."

In at #2 was the Warner Bros. animated adventure, "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole", earning $16.3 million.

The film barely edged out last weekend's top movie, the Ben Affleck-directed "The Town," which comes in at #3 with $16 million.

The teen comedy "Easy A" landed at #4 with $10.7 million, taking its 10-day total to $32.8 million.

And closing out the top 5 was the weekend's last wide release, "You Again," starring Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver, which earned $8.3 million.

That wraps things up this weekend. Next weekend, look out for the release of the horror thriller "Case 39," the horror flick "Let Me In," and the story of Facebook "The Social Network."

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1 - "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," $19 million.
2 - "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," $16.3 million.
3 - "The Town," $16 million.
4 - "Easy A," $10.7 million.
5 - "You Again," $8.3 million.
6 - "Devil," $6.5 million.
7 - "Resident Evil: Afterlife," $4.9 million.
8 - "Alpha and Omega," $4.7 million.
9 - "Takers," $1.7 million.
10 - "Inception," $1.2 million.