Shia LaBeouf and Eagle Eye helped pull the movies out of the blues they've been in for a number of weeks (remember three weeks ago, when the No. 1 movie made $7.8 million?) with a $29.2 million opening weekend. It was not only good enough for the top spot at the box office, but also good enough to make it the No. 4 September opening of all time. That's mildly impressive -- though only mildly, considering one of the movies ahead of it is The Exorcism of Emily Rose, not exactly a masterpiece.
Lakeview Terrace isn't as bad as you probably think it will be. And that's about the highest endorsement I can give it. Which is higher than I expected to give it after watching the trailer.
Things to like about Lakeview Terrace: Honestly, Samuel L. Jackson. He actually plays this part perfectly. He doesn't overact until it's sort of appropriate to do so. And... that's pretty much the end of what's good about the movie.
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.