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American Gangster Shoots Down Box-office Record

American Gangster this weekend earned an estimated $46.3 million at the box office to become the best-opening R-rated crime drama in history. It also represents the best opening weekend for each of its stars, Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington.With $39.1 mil, Bee Movie placed second — largely due to Jerry Seinfeld's refusal to do any press.Rounding out the top five were Saw IV ($11 million), Dan in Real Life ($8.1 mil) and 30 Days of Night ($4 mil).

Matt Mitovich
American Gangster this weekend earned an estimated $46.3 million at the box office to become the best-opening R-rated crime drama in history. It also represents the best opening weekend for each of its stars, Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington. With $39.1 mil, Bee Movie placed second - largely due to Jerry Seinfeld's refusal to do any press. Rounding out the top five were Saw IV ($11 million), Dan in Real Life ($8.1 mil) and 30 Days of Night ($4 mil).