'The Town' Steals Weekend Box Office

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    Rebecca Hall, left, and Ben Affleck are shown in a scene from "The Town." The Associated Press reports on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, that "The Town" is the talk of the box office, opening with $23.8 million to take the No. 1 spot.

    Ben Afflecks's Boston bank heist thriller The Town won the top spot at the weekend box office opening at an estimated $23.8 million.

    With a star-studded cast including Affleck, Mad Men's John Hamm, Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner, and Gossip Girl's Blake Lively, The Town easily beat out teen comedy Easy A and M. Night Shyamalan's Devil, which also opened this weekend, reported the AP.  

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    The Town, Affleck's second directorial effort outmatched his $5.5 million debut of first film Gone Baby Gone in 2007, reported The Hollywood Reporter, proving that the co-writer and star is not just a one-hit-wonder filmmaker.

    Easy A starring smart and charming newcomer Emma Stone earned second place at the fall box office bringing in $18.2 million, and Devil rounded out the top three at $12.6 million.

    "The Town"

    [NATL] "The Town"
    Ben Affleck gets back behind the camera for this crime drama in which he also stars as a bank robber who falls for the one woman who can send him and his crew to jail. Co-stars Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively and Chris Cooper. Opens Sept. 17.

    Last week's box office topper Resident Evil: Afterlife held strong to the fourth spot earning $10.1 million.