"Takers" top box office weekend

8/29/2010, 5 p.m.

In a neck-and-neck race, the crime thriller "Takers'' edged out the horror tale "The Last Exorcism'' to top the weekend box office, but only by about $146,000, according to final figures released.

"Takers" earned $20.512 million in its debut weekend, while "The Last Exorcism'' debuted with $20.366 million, according to Hollywood.com.

"The Last Exorcism'' began the weekend in first place thanks to a big Friday, but its drop-off in audience over the next two days allowed "Takers'' to claim the top spot, the box-office tracker reported.

"The Expendables'' continued to attract movie-goers, earning another $9.5 million to place third, while Julia Roberts' "Eat Pray Love'' earned $6.8 million.

The Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg buddy comedy "The Other Guys'' collected $6.3 million to place fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 films were "Vampires Suck'' ($5.2 million); "Inception'' ($4.9 million); "Nanny McPhee Returns'' ($4.7 million); "The Switch'' ($4.6 million); and "Piranha 3D'' ($4.3 million).