Lakeview Terrace Tops Box Office
LOS ANGELES ~ Dark thriller Lakeview Terrace, starring Samuel L. Jackson as a cop who torments his neighbors, topped the North American box office over the weekend, final figures showed.
The film, also starring Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington as the inter-racial married couple terrorized by Jackson, took US$15 million in its opening weekend, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.
The film’s debut pushed Burn After Reading, the latest movie from Oscar-winning film-making siblings Joel and Ethan Coen, into second place with $11 million in receipts.
The top films were followed by two openers, My Best Friend’s Girl, a romantic comedy starring Dane Cook and Kate Hudson, which took in $8.3 million for third place and animated Igor, voiced by John Cusack, which took in $7.8 million.
Police drama Righteous Kill starring Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino came in fifth place with $7.4 million in ticket sales.
Melodrama The Family that Preys by playwright-turned-filmmaker Tyler Perry earned $7.3 million for sixth place and the remake of the classic film The Women, starring Hollywood sweetheart Meg Ryan, was in seventh place with $5.4 million.
Another entry, life-after-death comedy Ghost Town, took the eighth spot with $5 million.
Blockbuster Batman sequel The Dark Knight added $2.9 million to its staggering $522-million take over 10 weeks in theaters.
Rounding out the top 12 were The House Bunny, about an ousted Playboy bunny who becomes a college sorority house mother with $2.7 million, Ben Stiller spoof Tropic Thunder with $2.5 million and Abba musical Mamma Mia with $1 million.