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'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' is weekend winner

'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' brought in $19 million this weekend. It edged ahead of the children's 3-D fantasy film 'Legend of the Guardians,' but Guardians may have longer legs.

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Filmmaker Oliver Stone (left) and actor Michael Douglas this at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Stone's film, 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' was off to a good start this weekend.

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Greed is merely OK at the box office.

Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" sequel was the top stock on the big board Sunday although it fell short of blue-chip status with modest earnings of $19 million from movie theaters across the United States and Canada.

"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" led a field that included two weak newcomers: the 3D "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" at No. 2 with $16.3 million, and the Disney romantic comedy "You Again" at No. 5 with $8.3 million.

Last weekend's champion, writer/director Ben Affleck's heist thriller "The Town," slipped to No. 3 with $16 million. The high school comedy "Easy A" was down two to No. 4 with $10.7 million, also in its second weekend.

Box office observers last week had predicted "Wall Street" and "Legend of the Guardians" would each earn more than $20 million, while "You Again" was forecast to hit $10 million. None of the films did well with critics.

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