Warner's The Town rounded out its first week in theatres with a seventh consecutive first place finish on Thursday. The surprise hit directed by and starring Ben Affleck grossed $2.11 million. On the down side, the film did experience the day's sharpest decline among wide releases by falling 7 percent from Wednesday. With that said, the film still held up very well from Monday through Wednesday and is still in good shape to experience a very solid second weekend hold. The Town was easily the week's top film with $33.09 million and continues to run 13 percent behind the pace of 2006's The Departed.
Easy A was up a very solid 5 percent on Thursday to remain in second with $1.06 million. Sony's low-budget comedy starring Emma Stone finished in second place for the week with a very solid $22.11 million. That was in line with the film's rising expectations and places it 13 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's The House Bunny. Easy A should hold up fairly well this weekend, especially given its strong appeal with teenage audiences and the fact that Disney's You Again is expected to be the weakest of this weekend's three wide releases.
Resident Evil: Afterlife held steady in third with $0.75 million. The 3D sequel from Sony was up 3 percent over Wednesday and down 52 percent from last Thursday. Afterlife finished in fourth for the week with $13.23 million. That was down a sharp 61 percent from last week. Despite the slide this week, Resident Evil: Afterlife has grossed $47.12 million in two weeks and is set to become the highest grossing film of the franchise by the end of the weekend (without taking into account ticket price inflation).
Devil remained in fourth place with $0.65 million. Universal's PG-13 thriller was down just 2 percent from Wednesday, but didn't hold up especially well throughout the midweek as a whole. Despite generating significant internet chatter in the weeks leading up to its release, Devil had to settle for third place for the week with $15.25 million. That was below expectations and places the film 39 percent behind the pace of 2006's Lady in the Water.
Alpha and Omega continued to round out the day's unchanged top five. The computer animated film from Lionsgate was down 2 percent from Wednesday with a Thursday take of $0.31 million. Alpha and Omega opened towards the higher end of its modest expectations with a seven-day start of $10.43 million. However, the film is likely to take a significant hit from Warner's Legend of the Guardians this weekend.