Rising above expectations and likely breaking six straight weeks of poor box office, Ridley Scott‘s American Gangster grossed $15.8 million in its opening day, which could mean a weekend of close to $45 million. Most analysts were predicting the mid-30 million range. This could mean a lot for Gangster‘s Oscar chances too (seeing as how everything else this fall thats award worthy is tanking).
On the flipside, Jerry Seinfeld‘s Bee Movie opened slightly below expectations with just over $10 million on its opening day. Its still headed for $35 million, close to last year’s Happy Feet, which opened to over $40 million in its first weekend. The only other notable happening in the limited estimates released this morning was Saw IV‘s whopping 75% drop from last weekend, which is pushing toward a $10 million weekend. Which I think most saw coming.