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Clooney's American takes No 1 spot

George Clooney's hitman tale The American has captured the top spot at the US box office.

The heartthrob's movie took the No 1 spot with a 16.4 million dollar debut over the long Labor Day weekend.

The revenge romp Machete and the heist thriller Takers were in a duel for second place.

Machete led with 14 million from Friday to Monday. Takers followed with 13.5 million dollars, though the two movies were close enough that rankings could change once final numbers are released on Tuesday.

Takers, which had been the No 1 movie the previous weekend, raised its 10-day total to 40 million dollars.

Since opening on Wednesday, The American has taken in 19.5 million.

The weekend's other new wide release, Drew Barrymore's romance Going The Distance, opened with 8.6 million dollars.

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