The American was able to hold off Machete yet again on Thursday.

‘The American’ Leads Again on Thursday

on September 10, 2010 by Daniel Garris

In what will be its last day at the top of the daily box office, The American led the way once again on Thursday. The George Clooney vehicle from Focus grossed $0.72 million, which was down 13 percent from Wednesday. The film has led the daily box office for eight of the past nine days. After a better than expected start this past weekend, The American didn't hold up especially well during the midweek. Nonetheless, the film led the weekly box office with $19.29 million and has now grossed $22.44 million through nine days in theatres.

Fox's Machete lost a bit of ground on The American as it fell a sizable 16 percent from Wednesday. The Robert Rodriguez directed film grossed $0.69 million and finished $35,415 behind The American for the day to remain in second. Machete finished in second for the week with $16.62 million. That was towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and was 7.5 percent stronger than the first week performance of 2007's Grindhouse.

Sony's Takers held steady in third place with $0.60 million. The PG-13 crime film from Screen Gems was down 7 percent from Wednesday and down 50 percent from last Thursday. Takers finished in third for the week with $15.55 million. That was down a very solid 41 percent from the previous week and brings the film's two-week total to a better than expected $42.01 million.

Going the Distance rounded out its first week in theatres with another fourth place finish. The R-rated romantic comedy from Warner Bros. grossed $0.51 million, which was down 5 percent from Wednesday. Going the Distance experienced decent holding power during the midweek, but after its slow start this past weekend the film was only able to manage a first week gross of $10.16 million.

Lionsgate's The Expendables remained in sixth place with $0.42 million. That was down 6 percent from Wednesday and down 46 percent from last Thursday. The Expendables has exceeded expectations with a four-week gross of $95.24 million and is now just $4.76 million away from reaching the $100 million milestone.

Avatar grossed $0.20 million on Thursday. Fox's reissue of James Cameron's record breaking blockbuster was up 4 percent over Wednesday and down 37 percent from last Thursday. Through two weeks of release, the reissue of Avatar has grossed $9.07 million. That brings the film's lifetime domestic total to $758.83 million.

Tags: Avatar, The Expendables, Going the Distance, Takers, Machete, The American

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