T.I. Speaks on “Takers” Being Number One at Box Office


The numbers are in, and Takers took the cake at the box office this weekend. The action flick, which stars T.I., Chris Brown, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Hayden Christensen, and Matt Dillion, barely edged Last Exorcism for the number one slot. Earlier today (August 30), XXLMag.com caught up with Tip, who was headed to Los Angeles to celebrate the success of the flick.

“I am now the star and producer of the number one film in the country,” said the Atlanta native with an audible glow. “We were fortunate enough—due to the support of the fans showing up and showing out at the theaters, selling out show after show after show—we were fortunate enough to wind up at the top of the pile for this week.”

The July/August XXL cover subject added that he saw this movie in Atlanta and Michigan over the weekend, after having already caught it in Houston, Dallas, Chicago, DC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York for premiers and screenings. And he made sure whomever he was sharing the theater with was gonna have a good time, as well. “Not only did I go out and support it and took my family, but I bought tickets for people who could not afford them. And I bought popcorn and sodas, I signed autographs in Atlanta and Michigan and wherever.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Takers ($20.5 million) beat out Last Exorcism ($20.4 million) by roughly $150,000—a negligible amount at the box office. For that reason, it was unclear until this afternoon which ended up coming out on top.

T.I.’s King Uncaged was recently pushed back but is still slated for a late 2010 release. —Adam Fleischer

  • an educated gangsta

    according to CNN the Last Excocisim was #1 this week beating out Takers by just 300,000.

  • W. J. Rice

    There’s some number fudging being done here. Wouldn’t be the first.

  • cheeeeaaa

    i saw him perform yesterday and after he went to the movie theater in my town to watch this lol

  • Pink

    Takers beat The Last Exorcist..the final numbers arrived earlier.

  • check this out

    ti is a snitch and i wouldnt be suprised if that nigga actually white in blackface

    • http://XXLmag.com Datboi

      @check this out – Give it up homie nobody believes that shit anymore but “haters” and dumbasses

    • Kali

      another dumb nigger…

  • Well

    At the end of the day..He’s the King with a #1 movie he produced himself under his belt! King Uncaged bitches!!!

  • DUB

    Says on imdb.com that The Last Exorcism made 21.3 mill and Takers made 21 mill, but still its a great achievement nonetheless. TIP takin over from all angles, now if he would learn how to actually ACT, he could be the next Will Smith

    • Gemz

      Dub said somthing here!!!

    • matty21

      i dont want the music to stop tho…i am loving the movies too, but i dont want him to ever stop doing music man…no offense to any1 or anything *his music is/was WAY better den Will Smith’s and i never want it 2 stop til’ the casket drops

  • Joshua

    Takers was a good flick by far, but my nigga T.I. shorted hisself with his fucked up acting.

  • Anonymous

    wow, we call this a great achievement? when 50 cent movie, Get rich or die trying did about the same number or more, america call it a flop but this movie did this low number and everyone saying it is great movie or it is a successful movie. for a movie to be consider a success in Hollywood, the movie has to do at least more than 30 mill. America just love to promote people that work alone with the police and the government.

    • W. J. Rice

      I agree with you. I like T.I. a lot, but let’s not be foolish or naive to actually believe he didn’t roll over on someone.

      30 Million is not successful. Success is determined by the metric of budget to profit ratio. If a film is made with 20 million and grosses 40 million, it’s considered a success.

      For instance, Get Rich was made with 40 mill but only grossed 46 million. It’s not considered a loss, but it’s not considered a success either.

      Takers was made with 30 mill and so far has only grossed 21 mill. So we’ll see if it becomes a success in 6 weeks which it is on track to at least break even.

      Tip and Chris Brown are in it so I imagine it will be a semi-success.

  • oskamadison

    “Takers” was that fire. Well written, well acted and well executed overall. I thought it was a good look, being that it was producer by a rapper, it wasn’t the usual “hood” movie. I’d put this up against any of the “Ocean’s…” joints or “The Italian Job” and think nothing of it. BTW, to everyone still talkin’ that “snitch” shit, that ship has sailed, now take a long walk on a short pier.

    • W. J. Rice

      Just to be clear, he was 1 of 6 producers. So he probably didn’t contribute very much since he was the “new” guy.

  • HU

    Takers did take number one. Rottentomatoes has the real numbers. Anyway, this movie is good for those who can’t handle intelligent films therefore it should be successful at the box office. It’s a mindless and formulaic film, perfect for T.I. fans.

    • Vegeta

      Stick the negative remarks somewhere else…Jheez.

      We don’t got to go pictures just to watch Inception & Shutter Island type of movies. Both great by the way.

      Sometimes it’s cool to just go watch one of them films in which you already know 90% of the plot just by the trailers with your friends or girl.

      C’mon the nigga is making moves..everything great starts somewhere..you don’t gotta come here with retarded comments and insult his fans.

      T.I. is good considering what mainstream rappers stand for.

      I bet you are one of them Eminem fans that thinks everythings else pales when compared to the moronic, over the top multies filled and non substantial murder core tales of Eminem right?

      Fuck Outta Here.

      • Frieza

        Vageta; it pains me to see you going through this. You have some good points though.

  • Haters

    IMDB reported that Takers is #1 with 20.5 million in it’s opening weekend!

  • BeerGangsta

    Last Exorcism beat out Takers by 300 Dollars. Takers got step there Acting game up. I will see this Movie in when NFL begin.

  • BeerGangsta

    Takers did take number 1!!!!!!

  • Will

    For real, Last Exorcism was the hugest hit, I think it cost like 1.5 mill to make, them dudes are rollin in bread…

  • http://www.tiringtone.com/ T.I. fan

    T.I. ain’t even drop his album yet and his already back on top.

  • Yes

    T.I. can drop a weak single and still can rise back to the top..what other rapper can do that? NONE!!

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