- Associated Press - Monday, August 30, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The heist thriller “Takers” has stolen the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office away from the fright flick “The Last Exorcism.”

“Takers” debuted with $20.5 million to grab to grab a narrow win over “The Last Exorcism,” which opened in second-place with $20.4 million, according to final studio numbers Monday.

Based on studio estimates a day earlier, “The Last Exorcism” had a thin lead over “Takers.” But the movies switched places once final weekend numbers were released.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. “Takers,” Sony Screen Gems, $20,512,304, 2,206 locations, $9,298 average, $20,512,304, one week.

2. “The Last Exorcism,” Lionsgate, $20,366,613, 2,874 locations, $7,087 average, $20,366,613, one week.

3. “The Expendables,” Lionsgate, $9,527,937, 3,398 locations, $2,804 average, $82,040,183, three weeks.

4. “Eat Pray Love,” Sony, $6,815,555, 3,108 locations, $2,193 average, $60,531,326, three weeks.

5. “The Other Guys,” Sony, $6,285,712, 3,181 locations, $1,976 average, $99,018,172, four weeks.

6. “Vampires Suck,” Fox, $5,221,780, 3,233 locations, $1,615 average, $27,834,256, two weeks.

7. “Inception,” Warner Bros., $4,876,356, 2,070 locations, $2,356 average, $270,519,920, seven weeks.

8. “Nanny McPhee Returns,” Universal, $4,714,215, 2,798 locations, $1,685 average, $16,991,285, two weeks.

9. “The Switch,” Miramax, $4,583,481, 2,017 locations, $2,272 average, $14,831,771, two weeks.

10. “Piranha 3D,” Weinstein Co., $4,302,878, 2,491 locations, $1,727 average, $18,266,889, two weeks.

11. “Avatar,” Fox, $4,007,750, 812 locations, $4,936 average, $753,773,889, one week.

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