‘Argo’ finally tops box office with $12.4M
by Christy Lemire, AP Movie Writer
October 28, 2012 01:30 PM | 944 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ben Affleck, right, a cast member and director of the film "Argo," poses with former C.I.A. agent Tony Mendez, whom he portrays in the film, backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Ben Affleck, right, a cast member and director of the film "Argo," poses with former C.I.A. agent Tony Mendez, whom he portrays in the film, backstage at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took three weeks, but "Argo" finally found its way to the top of the box office.

The Warner Bros. thriller from director and star Ben Affleck, inspired by the real-life rescue of six U.S. embassy workers during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, made nearly $12.4 million this weekend, according to Sunday studio estimates. "Argo" had been in second place the past two weeks and has now made about $60.8 million total.

Debuting at No. 3 was the sprawling, star-studded "Cloud Atlas," which made a disappointing $9.4 million. The nearly three-hour drama, also from Warner Bros., was co-directed by siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer and features an ensemble cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant playing multiple roles.

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