Film fans are investing in Michael Douglas and Oliver Stone’s 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps', which opened as the number one weekend movie in the US with $19m (€14m), according to studio estimates.
The 20th Century Fox release led a crop of so-so to weak newcomers, though the sequel to Douglas and Stone’s 1987 hit Wall Street did not quite set off a bull market at the box office.
Its returns were solid but unspectacular as Hollywood experienced a typically sleepy early autumn weekend, with audiences finding nothing to bring them out in huge numbers.
The Wall Street sequel reunites director Stone with Douglas, who reprises his role as investment shark Gordon Gekko.
The movie co-stars Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan and Josh Brolin in a tale set against the 2008 economic meltdown.
The Warner Bros animated adventure Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole was second with a soft opening of $16.3m (€12.1m).
It finished barely ahead of the $16m haul for Warner’s 'The Town', the Ben Affleck heist drama that was the previous weekend’s leading release.