Gangster Whacks Box Office

Ridley Scott flick is highest grossing R-rated crime film ever
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2007 4:25 PM CST
This undated photo provided by DreamWorks shows Barry B. Benson, right, voiced by Jerry Seinfeld, and Adam Flayman, left, voiced by Matthew Broderick in a scene from "Bee Movie." (AP Photo/DreamWorks)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) American Gangster put competitors on ice this weekend and became the top-grossing R-rated crime flick ever. Starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, Gangster scored the top debut of the fall, beating Seinfeld's Bee Movie by $46.3 million to $39.1 million. Seinfeld's first foray since Seinfeld buzzed a little less than DreamWorks Animation-Paramount had hoped, Variety reports.

Martian Child, the other widespread opener, fell to Earth at $3.6 million. Saw IV dropped 65% from last weekend but held at number three, and Dan In Real Life slipped 31% to clinch fourth. Award prospects Michael Clayton and Gone Baby Gone clung to the top ten, while Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? grabbed number nine in its fourth week.