August 28, 2010 at 03:26 PM EDT

Image Credit: Patti PerretThe Last Exorcism topped Takers on Friday night with approximately $9 million from moviegoers seeking a good scare. The Pg-13 rated horror flick from producer Eli Roth and Lionsgate is now on track for a weekend gross of north of $20 million. (That’s not bad for a weekend where tracking suggested the winner wouldn’t walk away with much more than $15 million.) The urban crime drama Takers didn’t have a bad showing either on Friday. With around $7 million earned its opening day, the Screen Gems release starring Paul Walker, Idris Elba and Chris Brown could also generate a weekend take of over $20 million. It’s unclear which film will walk away with top weekend honors. (To come in first, Exorcism would have to hold off a steep drop, which often happens with horror flicks.)

The re-release of Avatar doesn’t seem to be having a huge impact on the marketplace. Bowing in some 800 theaters, the 3-D flick grossed a bit over $1 million on Friday for a tenth place showing. Its weekend take could add up to around $4 million for the frame, pushing Avatar‘s total domestic gross to north of $750 million.

The rest of the top five is being dominated by holdovers. The Expendables earned just under $3 million, while Eat Pray Love grossed around $2 million and The Other Guys earned just under $2 million. If the weekend holds as predicted, Expendables should gross another $9 million its third weekend in release, while Eat Pray Love will earn $7 million and Other Guys should gross just over $6 million. Stay tuned for full results tomorrow.

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