The American remained in first place on Wednesday, but just barely as its daily lead over Fox's Machete shrunk to $15,222. The George Clooney vehicle from Focus was down a sharp 22 percent from Tuesday with a daily take of $0.834 million. That represented one of the day's larger daily declines among wide releases, which isn't a good sign as the film heads into its second weekend of release. The American has grossed a slightly better than expected $21.71 million through eight days, but is starting to look like it may not hold up all that well going forward.
Machete finished in a very close second with $0.819 million. Although it made up ground on The American, the Robert Rodriguez directed film didn't hold up especially well either yesterday as it was down 19 percent from Tuesday. Machete has now grossed $15.93 million through six days of release. That is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the modestly budgeted film 9 percent ahead of the pace of 2007's Grindhouse.
Sony's Takers grossed $0.64 million to remain in third. The ensemble crime film from Screen Gems was down 17 percent from Tuesday and down 49 percent from last Wednesday. Takers has exceeded expectations with $41.41 million through 13 days of release. However, the film (like most other holdovers in the marketplace) is likely to experience a significant decline this weekend with Labor Day weekend and the summer box office season now behind us.
Warner's Going the Distance held steady in fourth with $0.53 million. The R-rated romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long was down 13 percent from Tuesday. Going the Distance has grossed a disappointing $9.66 million in its first six days and will disappear from theatres quickly, especially with both Sony's Easy A and Disney's You Again on the near horizon.
Eat Pray Love was up one spot to round out the day's top five with $0.48 million. The Sony release experienced one of the day's better daily holds, as it was down only 1 percent from Wednesday. Eat Pray Love has displayed strong midweek holding power throughout its run, but hasn't been able to do the same on weekends. The 27-day total for Eat Pray Love stands at $71.24 million.