‘The American’ Takes on Weekend Box Office

The_AmericanThe latest film from a Hollywood A-lister has taken in the top spot as indicated from the early estimates for the weekend. The actor is hoping that the film will help the people in the Italian countryside where it was shot.

Academy Award winner George Clooney leads the cast as an assassin in The American. The film raked in an estimate of 12.98 million dollars at its initial weekend. This is enough for the film to take the top spot with Takers trailing in behind at 11.45 million dollars.

Two other new entries are in the top five. At third is Machete with 11.3 million dollars while Going The Distance, which stars on/off dating couple Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, is at fifth with 6.8 million dollars. The Last Exorcism, which is in its second week, is fourth with 7.6 million dollars

The American was shot on several locations including in Rome, in Ostersund, Sweden and in the countryside of Abruzzo, Italy, a place that was devastated by an earthquake last year. Clooney and the filmmakers are hoping that the film will help back tourism in the area as the local people really need the financial help.