Thanks to one of the best casts we've seen in quite some time, Martin Scorsese had the greatest opening weekend of his career with The Departed racking up a dominating $27 million. The director's previous best was $10.3 million, set back in 1991 with the film Cape Fear. While it's a bit frightening to think that a director of this caliber has never had a pic debut with more than $10 million, do keep in mind Scorsese's films usually open on a smaller number of screens before rolling out on a larger scale. However, with an all-star team of talent, Warner Bros. decided to swing big, throwing The Departed into 3,017 theaters. And boy did it pay off.
Though it made a good attempt to keep pace, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning failed to hack its way to the top, settling for a respectable $19.15 million and the weekend's second spot. With only a $16 million production budget, I'd imagine Texas Chainsaw: The Middle and Texas Chainsaw: The End will show up sooner rather than later. The Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson comedy Employee of the Month ($11.8 million) was in third place after Friday, but bad buzz and a whole lot of youngsters demoted it down one notch to fourth, while the animated Open Season (last week's number one) scored spot number three with $16 million. And knocking Jackass: Number Two ($6.4 million) out of the top five for the first time since its release, The Guardian rounded things out with $9.6 million.
Full numbers after the jump.
1. The Departed, $27 million.
2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, $19.15 million.
3. Open Season, $16 million.
4. Employee of the Month, $11.8 million.
5. The Guardian, $9.6 million.
6. Jackass Number Two, $6.4 million.
7. School for Scoundrels, $3.4 million.
8. Gridiron Gang, $2.3 million.
9. Jet Li's Fearless, $2.2 million.
10. The Illusionist, $1.8 million.