Sony's crime thriller "Takers" has overtaken Lionsgate's horror pic "The Last Exorcism" for box office bragging rights from the past weekend.
Final official data released Monday show "Takers" took in $20.5 million, compared with $20.4 million conjured by "Exorcism." That gave the competing wide openers the Nos. 1 and 2 positions, respectively, among all films playing in domestic cinemas during the weekend.
The rankings were reversed from Sunday, when initial studio estimates showed "Exorcism" with $21.3 million and "Takers" posted a preliminary $21 million.
"Takers" staked its weekend win largely on business from urban constituencies. "Exorcism" support skewed 54% to Latino moviegoers, keying on genre and thematic appeal.
A hurricane watch in Puerto Rico delayed data collection Monday. Lionsgate execs waited with crossed fingers that "Exorcism" would turn in an outsized performance on the largely Latin island -- considered a domestic territory -- but their hopes were dashed by midday, when Rentrak posted final figures.
Lionsgate's "The Expendables" was third among all domestic grossers, with a $9.5 million session producing an $82 million cume for the ensemble actioner. The Sylvester Stallone-directed pic had finished No. 1 in the rankings in the previous two weekends.