‘Machete’ takes Friday B.O. by a slice

New Fox pic squeaks past 'American'

The new Fox pic “Machete” edged out George Clooney’s “The American” to take the top spot at the Friday B.O.

The two films ran neck and neck, but it was “Machete” that ultimately sliced the Fox pic, earning about $3.89 million on Friday in 2,670 runs. Clooney’s film took the No. 2 position, getting roughly $3.769 in 2,721 engagements.

Sony’s “Takers” took the No. 3 position on Friday, grabbing about $3 million in 2,206 engagements. Lionsgate horror “The Last Exorcism” earned about $2.3 million in 2,874 runs. Drew Barrymore’s latest, “Going the Distance,” rounds out the top five; the Warner Bros. pic collected about $2.2 million in 3,030 engagements.

Lionsgate action pic “The Expendables” earned about $1.7 million in 3,398 runs, while Sony’s “The Other Guys” took the No. 7 spot with about $1.4 million in 2,607 engagements.

Sony’s “Eat, Pray, Love” earned about $1.3 million in 2,663 engagements, while Warner Bros.'”Inception” got roughly $1.2 million in 1,704 runs.

Universal’s “Nanny McPhee Returns” was the No. 10 pic, with about $867,000 in 2,708 engagements.