Departed, The: Scorsese’s Widest Release

Columbus Day weekend sees the release of a gangster film, “The Departed” and a horror flick, New Line’s “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.”

Scorsese’s Largest Release

Martin Scorsese’s latest gangster fature is bowing on 3,017 screens, the most ever for the filmmaker, as the frame’s widest rollout.

Scorsese’s latest should pack a decent punch with a cast that includes Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio, although pics by the auteur do not usually open to socko numbers: Scorsese’s edgy material — from “Goodfellas” to “Gangs of New York” — historically has appealed to urban auds but can have trouble connecting outside the big cities.

Only one Scorsese picture has ever cracked $10 million in its opening frame, the 1991 remake “Cape Fear,” which went on to gross $79 million for Universal. And only one Scorsese movie has ever topped $100 million, Miramax’s “The Aviator,” also starring DiCaprio.