Taking in an estimated $27.015M (All data based on Studio Estimates. Weekend actuals will be released Monday afternoon. Any comparisons will be using actual data.), “The Departed” becomes Martin Scorsese’s largest opening movie in his career, surpassing the $10.261M of “Cape Fear” back in 1991 to take the weekend win.
The film was also Scorsese’s widest opening release ever at 3,017 theaters.
“Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” opened at #2 for the weekend with $19.150M, down from the series’ last entry; the 2003 “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” which opened October 17th of that year with $28.094M.
Coming in at #3 for the weekend then was “Open Season” with $16.000M, dropping 32% from the previous week ($44.129M through two weeks of release.)
Opening at #4 for the weekend was the new Dane Cook/Jessica Simpson comedy “Employee of the Month”, with $11.800M.
“The Guardian” dropped three spots this weekend to #5 with $9.643M ($32.394M through two weeks).
“Jackass: Number Two” came in 6th, down three spots, for the weekend with $6.400M ($62.693M through three weeks of release).
“School for Scoundrels” followed in 7th, down three spots, with $3.413M ($13.968M through two week of release).
“Gridiron Gang” came in 8th, down two spots, with $2.300M ($36.621M through four weeks).
“Jet Lee’s Fearless” followed in 9th, down four spots, with $2.198M ($21.660M through three weeks).
And “The Illusionist” rounded out the top 10 with a $1.825M take over the weekend ($34.068M through eight weeks of release).
‘Departed’ Out-Muscles ‘Massacre’ (Box Office Mojo)