Weekend Box Office:
1) Eagle Eye $29.2 million
2) Nights in Rodanthe $13.5 million
3) Lakeview Terrace $7 million
4) Fireproof $6.5 million
5) Burn After Reading $6.1 million
6) Igor $5.5 million
7) Righteous Kill $3.8 million
8) My Best Friend's Girl $3.8 million
9) Miracle at St. Anna $3.5 million
10) Tyler Perry's the Family That Preys $3.1 million
Some people may be suffering from Shai LaBeouf fatigue, as his latest thriller didn’t quite meet its expected quotient. While Eagle Eye soared into the number one spot with $10 million over its competitors, the film only racked in $29.2 million. While this is better than Disturbia’s $22 million opening take, analysts were wrong in thinking that Shai and director D.J. Caruso’s second collaboration together would reach the $40 million mark. Hopefully strong work of mouth will give it the same kind of legs that Disturbia had.
Weeping its way into second place was the third onscreen coupling of Richard Gere and Diane Lane. Nights in Rodanthe, based on a Nicolas Sparks novel, cleared $13.5 million in ticket sales. This seemed on track with the last Sparks adaptation The Notebook, which made a close $13.4 million on its opening weekend.
The faith based Fireproof managed to do all right for itself. Playing in only 839 theaters, Kirk Cameron’s latest drama took in $6.5 million for a fourth place spot on the charts. Spike Lee’s latest drama, Miracle at St. Anna, didn’t do quite as well. It fared poorly, earning $3.5 million on 1,185 screens, placing it at number nine for the weekend. The only other major release was Choke, an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s popular novel starring Sam Rockwell. It nabbed $1.3 million for the number fourteen spot playing in just 435 theaters. Playing in 425 theaters, Neil Burger’s adult road trip film The Lucky Ones took in a less than stellar $208,000.
Next week will see the release of Walt Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua, which analysts think will break some fall box office records. Opening against it are the political spoof An American Carol, the drama Flash of Genius, the Simon Pegg comedy How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, and Michael Cera in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.