T.I.'s "Takers" Takes No. 1 W/ Final Box Office Sales Tally

Southern rapper T.I. is not only the "King of the South" but he is sitting atop Hollywood as his new action film Takers has become this past weekend's No. 1 release.

Despite initial calculations showing the movie being knocked to No. 2 by horror The Last Exorcism, Tip's flick edged its competition in the final numbers tally.

Sony Picture's heist film "Takers" grabbed the No. 1 spot at North American
box offices over the weekend, overtaking psychological thriller "The
Last Exorcism" in a turnabout from early studio estimates. Final box
office figures released on Monday showed "Takers" raking in $20.51
million, just edging out Lionsgate's "Last Exorcism," which had a haul
of $20.36. Sunday's estimates put "Last Exorcism" at $21.3 million, a
slim $300,000 advantage over "Takers" with $21 million. (ABC News)

Following the final numbers being calculated, T.I. shared his reaction to the triumphant victory.

"It was so tight, they kinda misinformed people prematurely and gave out the wrong information," Tip said about the initial numbers.
"But officially, as it stands right now, 'Takers' is the #1 movie in
the country, contrary to popular belief. In my heart, I felt it would
be." (MTV)

Early reports showed the film taking a No. 2 weekend debut.

Movie theaters were quiet over the weekend, with ticket sales for the Top 12 films down 11 percent compared with the same period
last year. A PG-13 rating and a wide release helped push the horror
movie "The Last Exorcism" (Lionsgate) to No. 1 with about $21.3 million
in grosses, according to Hollywood.com, which compiles sales data. (Right, Ashley Bell, on bed and Caleb Landry Jones.) "Takers," a moderately budgeted crime thriller from Sony Pictures Entertainment, was a close second with $21 million. (New York Times)

T.I.'s film reportedly performed well in Eastern markets.

When box office returns started coming in Friday afternoon, the heist film "Takers" looked like the clear winner. But as the sun
faded on the West Coast, the horror
"The Last Exorcism" leaped into the lead, ultimately grossing $9.5
million for the day, compared with $7.5 million for "Takers." The
reason? "Takers," with stars including Chris Brown, T.I. and Zoe Saldana,
generated disproportionately high interest among African Americans and
had strong performances in East Coast cities such as Philadelphia and
Washington, D.C., with large black populations. (Los Angeles Times)

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