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'The American' takes the lead for Labor Day weekend box office

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the-americanImage Credit: Giles KeyteWith one more day to go, it appears The American will end up triumphant for the four-day Labor Day weekend. Early estimates have the George Clooney thriller pulling in just under $13 million for its Friday through Sunday gross, which translates to around $16.1 million total since its opening on Wednesday. By Monday, it should reach roughly $16 million for the four-day holiday, and $20 million total.

Last weekend’s top draw Takers, meanwhile, slipped into second place with an estimated $11.5 million, which will likely inch up close to $14 million for the holiday, putting the heist thriller near a $40 million total. Hot on its heels, though, is the weekend’s other solid debut, the exploitation revenge thriller Machete, which banked $11.3 million for the three-day weekend en route to a likely $14 million four-day total.

In fourth place, The Last Exorcism made roughly $7.5 million for the three-day holiday, and should close in on $9 million through Labor Day, which would put its total near $34 million. Going the Distance landed at a distant fifth place, opening to $6.8 million through Sunday; it won’t likely make more than $8.5 million for the four-day weekend.

Check back here tomorrow for the full Box Office Report, including my mea culpa for a truly awful attempt at predicting this weekend’s box office winners.