According to Box Office Mojo, the original drama grossed approximately $4 million in its first weekend, and $44 million during its entire run. When adjusting for inflation, those numbers become approximately $8 million and $87 million, respectively. Certainly not a blockbuster in any terms, the first Wall Street became something of an icon for the '80s, mostly through Gordon Gekko's famous "Greed is good" monologue. It's hard pressed to think that the sequel, while topical during today's financial crisis, will reach similar acclaim both in numbers and in pop culture.
While adults turned out to see Gekko, kids took flight with the owls of Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. While the film attracted audiences, it only took in $16.3 million. This comes far below the average of other recent CGI-animated hits, including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which dominated the box office during a similar weekend last year.
You Again, the ensemble rom-com, took in a meager $8.3 million. While this was just enough for it to make a dent in the Top Five at the fifth slot, the film was certainly less attractive than similar titles like When in Rome.
Third place, The Town, hauled in $16 million in its second week, claiming a total gross of $49.1 million, so far. Easy A took the fourth slot at $10.7 million and $32.8 million over all. Inception, in its tenth week, grabbed the tenth slot. Total gross for the sci-fi noir title is at $287 million, making it the fifth highest grossing film of the year.
Weekend Top Ten
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps - $19 million
- Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - $16.3 million
- The Town - $16 million
- Easy A - $10.7 million
- You Again - $8.3 million
- Devil - $6.5 million
- Resident Evil: Afterlife - $4.9 million
- Alpha and Omega - $4.7 million
- Takers - $1.7 million
- Inception - $1.2 million