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Box Office Analysis, Oct. 9: 'Departed' Takes the Top Spot

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Oct 09, 2006 | 5:43am EDT

Martin Scorsese made his biggest score yet. The auteur’s gritty crime drama The Departed starring Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio dominated the North American box office this weekend, opening with an impressive $27 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations, credited studio marketers who placed "the pedigree of the movie front and center" for the film's success.

"It's a well-deserved number one," he told The Associated Press, noting the movie is powered by the talents of "four major stars and a legendary director," has garnered generally good reviews and is positioned for an Oscar run.

The other openers this weekend did some decent coin. Continuing the Leatherface franchise, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning debuted in second place with $19.1 million. The prequel, however, wasn’t able to top the 2003 remake Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which opened with $28 million.

Meanwhile, the Dane Cook/Jessica Simpson comedy Employee of the Month opened in fourth with $11.8 million.

The Top 12 movies grossed $102 million this weekend, up 15.73 percent from last year’s draw of $88.1 and up 17.97 percent from last weekend’s total of $86.4 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Buena Vista’s Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which opened at No. 1 with $16 million in 3,645 theaters, averaging $4,397 per theater; Buena Vista’s Flightplan, which dropped to second place in its third week of release with $10.7 million in 3,323 theaters, averaging $3,239 per theaters; and Warner Bros.’ In Her Shoes, which debuted in third place with $10 million in 2,808 theaters, averaging $3,568 per theaters (Click here to read last year's box office report).

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: The Departed (Warner Bros., R)

• Gross: $27 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,017

• Per-theater average: $8,954

No. 2: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (New Line, R)

• Gross: $19.1 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,820

• Per-theater average: $6,791

No. 3: Open Season (Sony Pictures, PG)

• Gross: $16 million (-32%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,833 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $4,174

• Cume to date: $44.1 million

No. 4: Employee of the Month (Lionsgate, PG-13)

• Gross: $11.8 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,579

• Per-theater average: $4,575

No. 5: The Guardian (Buena Vista, PG-13)

• Gross: $9.6 million (-46%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,241 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $2,975

• Cume to date: $32.3 million

No. 6: Jackass: Number Two (Paramount, R)

• Gross: $6.4 million (-56%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 3,007 (-56)

• Per-theater average: $2,128

• Cume to date: $62.6 million

No. 7: School for Scoundrels (MGM, PG-13)

• Gross: $3.4 million

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,007

• Per-theater average: $1,131

• Cume to date: $14 million

No. 8: Gridiron Gang (Sony Picts., PG-13)

• Gross: $2.3 million (-50%)

• Weeks opened: 4

• Theaters: 2,228 (-805)

• Per-theater average: $1,032

• Cume to date: $36.6 million

No. 9: Jet Li's Fearless (Focus/Rogue Features, PG-13)

• Gross: $2.1 million (-56%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 1,617 (-193)

• Per-theater average: $1,359

• Cume to date: $21.6 million

No. 10: The Illusionist (Yari Film Group, PG-13)

• Gross: $1.8 million (-33%)

• Weeks opened: 8

• Theaters: 1,149 (-170)

• Per-theater average: $1,588

• Cume to date: $34 million

OTHER OPENINGS

Shortbus (ThinkFilm, NR)

• Gross: $120,650

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 6

• Per-theater average: $20,108

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