The Friday numbers are in folks, and it appears The Departed has jumped out in front with a demanding $8.4 million. Aside from extreme violence and cursing, audiences are also in the mood to see some horrific chainsaw action as Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning followed not too far behind with $7.2 million.

The weekend's third new release, Employee of the Month, limped its way out of the gate, but (as of today) still manages to hold on to the weekend's number three spot with $4.1 million. Open Season (3.8 million) and The Guardian (2.9 million) round out the top five. With Columbus Day reaching our shores on Monday, this weekend should certainly bring in this fall's biggest box office numbers, what with an eclectic choice of an Irish Mob crime drama, a classic horror prequel and a major commercial comedy. If things remain this way, it will also be the first weekend since September 15 where the top three slots feature films making their debut. Stay tuned to Cinematical for the final numbers later this weekend.