Greed was still good for Gordon Gekko, as the long-awaited sequel 'Wall Street': Money Never Sleeps' opened at No. 1, enjoying an initial public offering worth an estimated $19 million in ticket sales.
Oliver Stone's follow-up to his 1987 classic 'Wall Street' drew viewers eager to see Michael Douglas reprise his iconic, Oscar-winning role as manipulative money mogul Gekko, though pairing him with protégé Shia LaBeouf may have brought in younger viewers as well. In any case, $19 million marks Douglas' best opening ever (though adjusted for inflation, his best is 'Basic Instinct').
Moviegoers gave less of a hoot for 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole,' which opened in second place with an estimated $16.3 million million. Despite a pedigreed director (Zack Snyder) and a property based on a popular children's book, 'Legend' suffered mixed reviews and a PG rating that might have scared off parents of younger kids. Also, it had to fight for 3-D venues with fellow kids' cartoon offering 'Alpha and Omega' and the horror film 'Resident Evil: Afterlife.'