'American Gangster' blasts box office
Universal's crime drama sets a new record
Universal's 'American Gangster'' opened to an estimated $46.3 million,
the most ever for an R-rated crime drama.
By Pamela McClintock
November 5, 2007
Universal’s Denzel Washington-Russell Crowe starrer “American Gangster” whacked the weekend box office, easily turning in the highest-opening for an R-rated crime drama in history. With DreamWorks Animation’s “Bee Movie” also pollinating, the film biz had its first honey of a frame in nearly two months.
“American Gangster” grossed an estimated $46.3 million from 3,054 locations, according to Rentrak, outpacing expectations and beating “Bee Movie” for the No. 1 spot. Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment produced.Previous record holder for best debut by an R-rated crime drama was “Sin City,” which bowed at $29.1 million. Denzel Washington starrer “Inside Man” is next with $28.9 million, followed by “The Departed,” which opened at $26.9 million.http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1Elsewhere, Disney family laffer “The Game Plan” remained a strong player, coming in at No. 6 in its sixth frame and jumping the $80 million mark at the box office. Title declined 37% to an estimated $3.8 million from 2,844.
With a cume of $81.9 million, movie is by far the biggest grosser of the fall.