- Associated Press - Monday, September 20, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - “The Town” made off with $23.8 million in its opening weekend to take the No. 1 spot at the box office.

The Warner Bros. drama about bank robbers in an insular section of Boston is the second film Ben Affleck has directed following 2007’s “Gone Baby Gone.” Affleck also stars alongside Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall and Jon Hamm.

Opening in second place at the crowded start of the fall film season was Columbia Pictures’ high school “Easy A,” starring Emma Stone. It made $17.7 million, according to final studio figures Monday.

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. “The Town,” Warner Bros., $23,808,032, 2861 locations, $8,322 average, $23,808,032, one week.

2. “Easy A,” Sony-Screen Gems, $17,734,040, 2856 locations, $6,209 average, $17,734,040, one week.

3. “Devil,” Universal, $12,289,375, 2809 locations, $4,375 average, $12,289,375, one week.

4. “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” Sony-Screen Gems, $10,002,592, 3209 locations, $3,117 average, $43,893,958, two weeks.

5. “Alpha and Omega,” Lionsgate, $9,106,906, 2625 locations, $3,469 average, $9,106,906, one week.

6. “Takers,” Sony-Screen Gems, $3,026,285, 2139 locations, $1,415 average, $52,372,349, four weeks.

7. “The American,” Focus, $2,672,521, 2457 locations, $1,088 average, $32,772,475, three weeks.

8. “The Other Guys,” Sony, $1,972,046, 1827 locations, $1,079 average, $115,403,440, seven weeks.

9. “Inception,” Warner Bros., $1,967,137, 1305 locations, $1,507 average, $285,129,855, 10 weeks.

10. “Machete,” Fox, $1,755,550, 1704 locations, $1,030 average, $24,391,354, three weeks.

11. “Eat Pray Love,” Sony, $1,614,431, 1668 locations, $968 average, $77,600,235, six weeks.

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