makes waves with $40.2M debut
and Los Angeles for a whopping average of $44,750 a cinema.
The film likely benefited from months of press coverage over Polanski’s arrest in Switzerland last fall and his possible extradition to the United States, which he fled in 1978 after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
Released by Summit Entertainment, The Ghost Writer stars Ewan McGregor in the title role, a man hired to punch up the dreary memoirs of a former British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan) who has been accused of ordering the abduction of terrorism suspects and handing them over for torture by the CIA.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released today. 1. Shutter Island, $40.2 million. 2. Valentine’s Day, $17.2 million. 3. Avatar, $16.1 million. 4. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, $15.3 million. 5. The Wolfman, $9.8 million. 6. Dear John, $7.3 million. 7. The Tooth Fairy, $4.5 million. 8. Crazy Heart, $3 million. 9. From Paris With Love, $2.5 million.
Edge of Darkness,