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'Takers' pulls ahead of 'Last Exorcism' in final box-office count

August 30, 2010 | 12:39 pm

Takers1 It was a photo finish at the top of the box-office chart this weekend, as final numbers showed that heist film "Takers" pulled in just slightly more money than horror movie "The Last Exorcism."

With full box-office receipts for Sunday now in, Sony Pictures reported that "Takers" generated $20.5 million on its opening weekend. Lionsgate's "The Last Exorcism," meanwhile, ended up with $20.4 million.

On Sunday morning, Lionsgate estimated that "The Last Exorcism" would make $21.3 million for the weekend. Sony estimated $21 million for "Takers."

It's common that Sunday estimates are off by a small amount, but unusual that two movies are so close in popularity that final box-office numbers change the ranking of the top two releases.

-- Ben Fritz


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Photo: Zoe Saldana and Michael Ealy in "Takers." Credit: Suzanne Tenner / Sony Screen Gems