- With only $300,000 separating them, the fright flick The Last Exorcism and the heist thriller Takers were in a photo finish for the top spot at the weekend box office -- with both ending the two-week reign of Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables.
- Lionsgate's The Last Exorcism had a thin lead with a $21.3 million debut, closely followed by Sony's Takers with a $21 million opening. The two new releases were close enough that rankings could change after final numbers are released Monday. August 30 update: The movies DID switch places once final weekend numbers were released on Monday. Takers debuted with $20.5 million to grab a narrow win over The Last Exorcism, which opened in second place with $20.4 million.
- The re-release of Avatar, the biggest movie in box office history, brought in $4 million from a limited run in 862 3D theaters -- good enough for 12th place. The total domestic box office for the 20th Century Fox sci-fi extravaganza, now boasting an additional 8 1/2 minutes minutes of footage, is $753.8 million.
- Meanwhile in worldwide box office, Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3 crossed the $1 billion mark last Friday. Disney is now the first company to field two $1 billion blockbusters in the same year. Earlier this year, Disney's Alice in Wonderland, also crossed that line and currently stands in fifth place in the all-time worldwide rankings with $1.024 billion. Toy Story 3 ranks in seventh place.
- Overall box office revenues came in at $115 million, down 8 percent compared with the same weekend last year.
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- All figures are industry estimates. Final weekend figures are released on Monday.
- Sources: Nielsen EDI, Hollywood.com, Hollywood Reporter, Reuters