Oliver Stone, with an Asterisk

Yes, Shia, tell these guys about the glory that is 'Transformers 3'People still want to know what Oliver Stone thinks about things. Either that, or the allure of watching Michael Douglas slip back into Gordon Gekko’s tailored suits proved too strong to resist for a majority of North American moviegoers. “Wall Street: Money Never Sleepstopped the weekend box-office with $19 million … which, while not exactly a blockbuster figure, was enough to win a relatively anemic frame.

Coming in second with $16.3 million — what the AP page delicately calls a “soft opening” — was Zack Snyder’s CG owl action epic “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole“, which screened primarily in pricey 3D and IMAX engagements … and therefore did even poorer business than the gross suggests.

Last week’s top two films, “The Town” and “Easy A“, came in third and fourth with $16 million and $10.7 million, respectively. Have you seen “Easy A” yet, by the way? It’s easily the most entertaining of the bunch, has nothing to do with the sorry state of the U.S. economy and features a wonderful breakout performance from Emma Stone … who, we’re now hearing, may be playing Mary Jane Watson in the impending “Spider-Man” reboot.

Which would be entirely awesome, actually. They should totally do that.