Nicole Sperling
September 19, 2010 AT 04:58 PM EDT

Image Credit: Claire FolgerBen Affleck’s back in the top spot with his second directorial effort The Town, a Boston-set crime drama which he also stars in and co-wrote. The Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures co-production earned an estimated $23.8 million for its first three days in release, far out-performing the film’s expectations. The film drew in a predominantly male audience, who filled seats to see the film’s heist premise and its lead actor. The fact that the film also scored a B+ from exit pollster CinemaScore suggests it will have a solid life after this weekend.

Second place went to the teen-appealing Easy A, which drew in $18.2 million for the frame. Made for only $8 million, the Emma Stone-starrer is destined to propel the young actress into a high demand position in Hollywood. She’s already lined up to star in Dreamworks’ period drama The Help, and is often on the short list when it comes to young actresses. From director Will Gluck, the film generated an A- from audiences, and the studio hopes it will expand out beyond its core audiences in the weeks to come. Easy A also marks one of five films Sony has in the top ten, quite a feat for the studio that’s already had a solid summer at the theaters.

Horror flick Devil landed in a distant third place, grossing an estimated $12.5 million. From producer M. Night Shyamalan, the scare-fest set in an elevator garnered a weak C+ score from audiences, a score that suggests the film from Universal Pictures will drop like a stone next weekend. And Devil did little to sway moviegoers from coming to see Milla Jovovich in her iconic role of Alice in the Resident Evil series. For Resident Evil: Afterlife fell off its usual 60 percent to gross an addition $10.1 million for a total cume of $44 million. Internationally, the film has already grossed upwards of $100 million for a worldwide cume of more than $147 million.

Alpha and Omega rounded out the top five. This animated flick from Lionsgate drew in an estimated $9.2 million for its opening weekend. Audiences didn’t hate the film — even though critics did — giving it a B, according to Cinemascore. Clearly, the under-18 audience liked the story of two wolves better than anyone else. The film starred the voice talent of Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, and Dennis Hopper, in his last role.

Slot six went to Takers, which, in its fourth weekend, generated an additional $3 million for a total cume of $52.3 million. The American also continues to play. Grossing $2.8 million, the George Clooney art film has now earned close to $33 million. Inception landed in the eighth slot for its tenth weekend in release. Grossing $2 million, the Leo DiCaprio-starrer has now earned $285 million.

Rounding out the top ten are two more Sony flicks. The Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg buddy cop movie The Other Guys earned another $2 million to put its total cume at $115 million. And Eat Pray Love grossed another $1.7 million in its sixth weekend in release. The Julie Roberts globe-hopper has now earned close to $78 million after six weeks in release.

Check back next weekend when Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opens opposite Zack Snyder’s animated owl pic Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole.

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