"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" proved worth its weight in box office gold, netting a whopping 19 million dollars in its first weekend out, a final tally showed Monday.
Director Oliver Stone's sequel to his 1987 hit "Wall Street" sees Michael Douglas reprising his role as investment shark Gordon Gekko, famous for saying that "greed is good." The movie co-stars Josh Brolin and the up-and-coming Shia LaBeouf.
"Wall Street" was followed by another shining premiere: "Legend of the Guardians," an animated owl drama, that brought in 16.1 million dollars out of the gate, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.
Teen comedy "Easy A" about a high school girl who lies about losing her virginity to improve her social standing, netted 10.6 million.
"Resident Evil," the latest in a long-running science fiction series, trailed in the seventh spot with five million dollars.
"Alpha and Omega," an animated movie about a wolf pack in the wilds of a Canadian nature reserve, was in eighth place with 4.7 million dollars in tickets sold.
"Inception," Leonardo DiCaprio's sci-fi thriller, was in the 10th spot with 1.25 million dollars. It has earned a stunning 287 million dollars so far.
Source: AFP Global Edition