According to studio estimates, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is set to debut with an impressive $19 million. That marks the best unadjusted opening weekend for Michael Douglas. His previous record was $17 million for Don't Say a Word. Basic Instinct's opening is $28.8 million when adjusted for inflation. The debut is also an unadjusted best for Oliver Stone, topping the $18.7 million debut of World Trade Center.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole will land in second place with a relatively modest $16.3 million. Warner Bros. has to be a bit disappointed that the owl tale didn't post comparable numbers to the animated 3D output of rival studios. Even though Disney/Pixar and DreamWorks Animation dominate the genre, both Sony and Universal recently had success thanks to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Despicable Me, respectively. Fox is also in play in a major way thanks to its Ice Age juggernaut. Based on this opening, it's clear that Ga'Hoole won't turn into a mega franchise for WB.
You Again is wasn't even able to hit $10 million. That's a disappointing debut for star Kristen Bell, because her previous leading role in When in Rome resulted in a $12.4 million opening. The young starlet is obviously not building enough momentum at a crucial time in her career.
The Town is on pace for a very healthy sophomore weekend hold. There's a chance that the crime flick could still finish in second over Owls of Ga'Hoole when weekend actuals are released on Monday.
Check back tomorrow for weekend actuals.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.