‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ Wakes Weekend Box Office

Oliver Stone's financial drama cashes in; Zack Snyder's 'Guardians' fend off 'The Town.'

If money never sleeps, nobody told that to Oliver Stone . The Academy Award-winning filmmaker withdrew from his old “Wall Street” savings account and subsequently delivered a first-place success in the form of “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

In the sequel, Michael Douglas reprises his iconic role of greedy moneymaker Gordon Gekko, while “Transformers” star Shia LaBeouf joins the team as Gekko’s new protégé and would-be son-in-law. Despite a serious delay that pushed “Money Never Sleeps” from its original spring 2010 release date to this past weekend, Stone’s latest delivered a solid $19 million opening for 20th Century Fox, proving once and for all that greed is good — at least when you have Stone and Douglas on your side.

The “Wall Street” sequel may have won first place, but it didn’t steal the entire spotlight at the weekend box office. “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” was a real hoot in second place with $16.3 million, proving that director Zack Snyder can win over a young audience just as deftly as he succeeds with the older geek crowd. But the bank robbers of Ben Affleck’s “The Town” gave “The Owls of Ga’Hoole” a run for their money, losing second place by a margin of less than $300,000 in its second weekend in theaters.

Newcomer “You Again” didn’t make quite the same splash, landing in fifth place with $8.3 million. But the comedy starring Betty White and Kristen Bell cost only around $20 million to produce, so the film’s small opening isn’t as disappointing as it could be.

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