George Clooney Outperforms Lindsay Lohan at the Box Office

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Lindsay Lohan's Machete had a hard time knifing its way to the top during its opening weekend.

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George Clooney's thriller The American nabbed the top spot with an estimated $13 million, just ahead of last week's box office winner Takers, which brought in an estimated $11.5 million.

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Machete — which also stars Jessica Alba and Robert De Niro — debuted at No. 3, pulling in an estimated $11.3 million. Despite its somewhat disappointing ticket sales, Lohan says she's still proud of her return to the big screen.

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"Machete is in theaters today! Go check it out!" Lohan, 24, tweeted Friday. "I'm so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful cast & experience! It's such a blessing!"

Still, a source tells UsMagazine.com that director Robert Rodriguez didn't want the troubled actress — who was recently released from post-jail rehab — to promote the film at its Aug. 25 premiere in L.A.

"He was frantically trying to track down her manager to make sure she didn't go," says the source.

Though a 20th Century Fox rep says it's "not true," the source tells Us, "She wasn't welcome there."

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Compared to Lohan's last film, Labor Pains — which debuted on ABC Family before it was sent directly to DVD — Machete's debut is a notable improvement in the recovering actress' film career.

"Its a beautiful day in L.A. to have a hit film!" she tweeted Sunday. "Congrats to all of the cast, crew & production team of Machete! Danny Trejo is fantastic."

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