'Takers' overtakes 'Exorcism' for weekend win


Sony's crime thriller "Takers" has overtaken Lionsgate's horror pic "The Last Exorcism" for box office bragging rights from the past weekend.

Final official data released Monday show "Takers" took in $20.5 million, compared with $20.4 million conjured by "Exorcism." That gave the competing wide openers the Nos. 1 and 2 positions, respectively, among all films playing in domestic cinemas during the weekend.

The rankings were reversed from Sunday, when initial studio estimates showed "Exorcism" with $21.3 million and "Takers" posted a preliminary $21 million.

"Takers" staked its weekend win largely on business from urban constituencies. "Exorcism" support skewed 54% to Latino moviegoers, keying on genre and thematic appeal.

A hurricane watch in Puerto Rico delayed data collection Monday. Lionsgate execs waited with crossed fingers that "Exorcism" would turn in an outsized performance on the largely Latin island -- considered a domestic territory -- but their hopes were dashed by midday, when Rentrak posted final figures.

Lionsgate's "The Expendables" was third among all domestic grossers, with a $9.5 million session producing an $82 million cume for the ensemble actioner. The Sylvester Stallone-directed pic had finished No. 1 in the rankings in the previous two weekends.
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