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Labor Day is the one long weekend that somehow never sets box office numbers on fire. I think the reason is that studios sensibly don't open their best material now; we're about to enter the wasteland of September, when the kids are back in school and everyone is trying to pay off their vacations. Therefore, don't panic when you learn that the top earner only pulled down $13 million. It's The American starring George Clooney. Said to be kind of a downer! Even more disappointing, Robert Rodriguez' long-awaited Machete, coming in at numero dos with $11 million. At #5 wan romantic comedy Going the Distance almost manages $7 million. Love conquers nothing.