Clapboard: Obsessed Moviegoers Flock to Beyonce Thriller

LOS ANGELES ~ Moviegoers were hooked on Beyonce at the weekend as the superstar singer’s taut thriller Obsessed clawed its way to the top of the North American box office, final figures showed.

The film, which also stars HBO’s The Wire gangster Idris Elba as a businessman whose life is turned upside down by an obsessive new colleague, earned US$28.6 million during its first three days in theatres, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Youthful fantasy 17 Again, starring US teen heartthrob Zac Efron, fell from the top to second, raking in $11.5 million.

Another high new entry, Fighting, punched its way to third place, telling the story of small-town boy Channing Tatum trying to make it big in New York City. The fighting flick, featuring intense bare-knuckle scraps, took in $11 million in its opening weekend.

The Soloist, an inspiring musical tale based on a true story, starring actors Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx, came in fourth with $9.7 million in ticket sales, also in its first weekend.

Rounding out this week’s new entries was Disney’s Earth in fifth spot. The documentary culls nature footage from the BBC’s landmark series Planet Earth. It brought in $8.8 million in its first three days.

Monsters and Aliens, an animated tale of a rag-tag group of monsters who save the world from destruction, dropped two spots to sixth place, earning $8.5 million to bring its total to $174.8 million over five weeks.

Washington-based State of Play took an A-list cast to seventh, raking in $6.8 million in its second weekend.

Starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Helen Mirren, the thriller centres on reporters and police trying to solve the murder of a young lawmaker’s mistress.

Miley Cyrus’ Hannah Montana: The Movie fell hard from third place to eighth. The film version of the popular Disney TV series took in $6.4 million for a total of $65.6 million in three weeks.

For the ninth spot, car chase movie Fast & Furious, starring Vin Diesel, earned $6.2 million to bring total receipts to $145.4 million.

Rounding out the North America top 10 was action sequel Crank: High Voltage, which took in $2.6 million in its second weekend at the box office.

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