WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TOP TEN
October 6 - 8, 2006
LW = Last Week WR = Weeks Released
THTRS = Number of Screens
* Denotes new release.
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1.
The Departed *
$27,015,000 - Total: $27,015,000
LW: N WR: 1 THTRS: 3017
2.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre:
The Beginning *
$19,150,000 - Total: $19,150,000
LW: N WR: 1 THTRS: 2820
3.
Open Season
$16,000,000 - Total: $44,129,000
LW: 1 WR: 2 THTRS: 3833
4.
Employee of the Month *
$11,800,000 - Total: $11,800,000
LW: N WR: 1 THTRS: 2579
5.
The Guardian
$9,643,000 - Total: $32,394,000
LW: 2 WR: 2 THTRS: 3241
6.
Jackass: Number Two
$6,400,000 - Total: $62,693,000
LW: 3 WR: 3 THTRS: 3007
7.
School for Scoundrels
$3,413,000 - Total: $13,968,000
LW: 4 WR: 2 THTRS: 3007
8.
Gridiron Gang
$2,300,000 - Total: $36,621,000
LW: 6 WR: 4 THTRS: 2228
9.
Jet Li's Fearless
$2,198,000 - Total: $21,660,000
LW: 5 WR: 3 THTRS: 1617
10.
The Illusionist
$1,825,000 - Total: $34,068,000
LW: 7 WR: 8 THTRS: 1149

Martin Scorsese finally won a number one spot on the box office top ten after a fifteen year dry spell. Not since Cape Fear has a Marty flick sat atop the cinematic cash heap, though that honor likely won't comfort him when the Oscars roll around and he's still left empty handed.

Go ahead, Scorses fans, curse my name for saying it. Martin did pull together an interesting film, complete with the sorts of political overtones Hollywood likes to see (If you didn't pick up on them, don't take my word for it that they're there. Just look at his cast!). But he'll have to settle for having the number one movie in America this week.

With a $90 million budget, The Departed's $27 million opening weekend isn't anything to get excited about. Still, his movies tend to make more money abroad than they do in the states, usually relying on those foreign markets to break even. When it's all said and done the movie will turn a tidy profit, but most of it will be likely be in pounds, pesos and euros, not dollars.

Shameless, pointless prequel Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning took second place this week with not much competition from the other newcomer, Employee of the Month. Employee couldn't even top last week's winner Open Season, which held on to the third spot.

This year's March of the Penguins award goes to Little Miss Sunshine. If finally got pushed out of the top ten this weekend after rising from limited release obscurity all the way to number three. After arriving in the top ten back in August it held its ground for a solid seven weeks before dropping to number eleven this weekend, having earned nearly 800% return so far on its $8 million budget.

Next weekend is a veritable caucophany of releases. The little known but promising One Night With The King starring John Rhys- Davies, Peter O'Toole and Omar Shariff will tell the classic Biblical story of Esther in a limited 900 theaters. It goes up against snoozer horror rehash The Grudge 2 and the ill-conceived studio WWE Film's second offering, The Marine. Tack on Robin Williams' newest comedy, the intriguing Man of the Year and you have two potentially great pieces of film going up against two pieces of Hollywood assembly-line crap. Expect the crap to float to the top.

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