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iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: “Gangster” Love; “Strummer” Strong

iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: "Gangster" Love; "Strummer" Strong

Ridley Scott‘s likely Oscar contender, “American Gangster,” turned the box office around after a dreadful October, opening with a whopping $46.3 million. It was a record opening for both Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and more impressive considering its 157 minute length and “R” rating. Of the more limited releases, “Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten” looks like a contender to top the iW BOT tomorrow, earning an estimated $20,400 from 2 screens. Sidney Lumet‘s “Before The Devil Knows Youre Dead” expanded from 2 to 43 screens and maintained a strong average of $9,348, while Alejandro Gomez Monteverde‘s “Bella” continued to surprise, averaging $5,381 on 186 screens, only a mild drop from last weekend. [Peter Knegt]

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