Think your local theater shows too many previews and commercials? Theaters in England will make you think differently. At the Odeon Theater, I discovered where Regal Cinemas got their idea for that ridiculous package of pre-movie commercials they used to call "The Twenty." The Odeon's package was more like "The Forty," and no, it didn't come with an endorsement from Ice Cube. The only thing scarier than the theater's 8 million showings of High School Musical 3 was the amount of time between when the lights went down and the actual movie came on. The theater was nice and comfortable, but I felt like I was watching Reverse TiVo.
Samuel L. Jackson's creeptastic performance was enough to put Lakeview Terrace on top at the box office for its opening weekend. It took in $15.6 million on 2,464 screens, and it was the only one of four new movies in wide release that managed to beat Burn After Reading, which held tight in the second spot with another $11.295 million in its second week.