DENZEL WASHINGTON and RUSSELL CROWE's new real-life crime drama has stunned America with an amazing opening weekend at the box office.
The film, in which Washington plays real-life heroin dealer Frank Lucas, raked in $46.3 million (£23.15 million) in its first three days on release - more than $10 million (£5 million) more than estimated.
The opening marked personal bests for both Washington and Crowe. Jerry Seinfeld's animated comedy Bee Movie also over-achieved with an opening weekend take of $39.1 million (£19.55 million).
Last week's (28Oct08) chart-topper, Saw IV, fell to a distant No. 3 with $11 million (£5.5 million).