'Prestige' makes magic at B.O.

Marty, Clint score; 'Prada' tops o'seas

By Ian Mohr
Variety
October 22, 2006

'The Prestige' conjures up $14.8 mil at the weekend B.O.

Fall is upon us: Three serious-minded pics with awards aspirations were tops at the B.O. over the weekend.

"The Prestige," Christopher Nolan's period piece about competing magicians, landed at No. 1, while Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" and Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers" also did solid biz.

And though it's sewn up its U.S. run, summer hit "The Devil Wears Prada" is having a torrid run in Europe. Pic won its third straight weekend overseas with $19 million as the fashionista comedy showed the same kind of strong legs it demonstrated during its domestic run. Foreign cume has hit $104 million, lifting the worldwide take to $228 million.

Stateside, Disney's "Prestige" conjured $14.8 million from 2,281 playdates for a per-engagement average of $6,496.
Mouse House distribution exec Chuck Viane said that older auds made up roughly a third of "The Prestige" turnout, adding that the pic benefited from positive reviews, as well as a following for "Batman Begins" helmer Nolan.
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