Los Angeles(Reuters): Denzel Washington and director Spike Lee
scored the best opening of their careers, as the heist thriller
''Inside Man'' grabbed the No 1 spot at the weekend box office in
North America with estimated ticket sales of 29 million dollars.
The film, which also stars Clive Owen and Jodie Foster, was the top
picture overseas as well, with sales of 9.6 million dollars from 18
countries, including No 1 openings in Britain and Germany,
according to distributor Universal Pictures.
Washington's previous best bow was the kidnap thriller ''Man on
Fire,'' which opened with 22.8 million dollars in April 2004. Lee's
best was the comedy concert ''The Original Kings of Comedy,'' with
11 million dollars in August 2000. ''Inside Man,'' which cost about
45 million dollars to make, revolves around a cat-and-mouse game
between a bank robber (Owen) and a New York cop (Washington).
Foster plays an intermediary with her own agenda.
Universal said exit polling indicated that 68 per cent of the
audience was aged 30 and older, and that male viewers comprised 54
per cent. Three-quarters of respondents said Washington was their
main reason for going. Universal Pictures is a unit of General
Electric Co.'s NBC Universal Inc.