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'The Town' Takes No. 1 Spot at Weekend Box Office

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Sep. 20 2010, Published 4:58 a.m. ET

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Ben Affleck's second directorial endeavor The Town really excited moviegoers this weekend. The Boston-based crime drama came in at No. 1 at the box office, followed by comedy Easy A and M. Night Shymalan's The Devil.

The Town scored $23.8 million to come out on top Easy A ($18.2 million) and Devil (12.6 million), MTV News reports. Filling in the top five were Resident Evil: Afterlife ($10.1 million) and Alpha and Omega ($9.2 million).

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The thriller is Ben's second directing effort — which he also stars in and helped produce — and is his most successful to date.

The movie is centered around a bank robber (Ben)  who falls in love with one of his hostages, causing a rift with his comrades and 37-year-old drug addict girlfriend (Blake Lively).

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According to MTV, The Town's $23.8 million this weekend makes it Ben's most triumphant film — his directorial debut Gone Baby Gone reached $20.3 million.

Both Blake, and her boyfriend Penn Badgley, must be celebrating as Penn stars in Easy A opposite Emma Stone! Bet he is proud his leading lady beat him!

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