makes waves with $40.2M de­but

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT - BY DAVID GER­MAIN

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.

10. lion.

Edge of Dark­ness,

$2.2 mil-

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