Outstanding! "American Gangster" takes on and takes down the completion at the weekend’s box office. The Ridgley Scott directed mega flick has more than seen off all others over the weekend with an impressive $46.3 million taking it to the very top of the heap with the "Bee Movie," $39.1 million coming in at second and at third the highly anticipated umpteen sequel "Saw IV," with $11 million.
The exceptional success of "American Gangster" makes for a great recovery at the box office for Ridley Scott after the financial disappointment of "The Assassination of Jesse James" produced by Scott and directed by Andrew Dominik due to what could be only described as "production baggage"... aka. BRANGELINA! This in the face of the monster successful western “3:10 to Yuma” released just weeks before "The Assassination of Jesse James" and still raking it in to the tune of approximately $50 million by the time "The Assassination of Jesse James" was also at the box office. The tremendous western “3:10 to Yuma” was directed by James Mangold who brought to life in larger than life fashion the legendary Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line.”
Let’s see Brangelina or a monster triumph at the box office… I know which one I would have decide on. Goes to show the real power in Hollywood is the power you never really see who ultimately have the final word on who will get the nod or award and who doesn’t. They will always be the voice that speaks louder than any publicist at the end of any and everyday. Not to mention the paying movie going public who buys those tickets or opts to give certain flicks a miss. And, thank GOD for that!