As expected, the $100 million Shia LeBeouf/Michelle Monaghan thriller Eagle Eye was tops at the box office, opening with a weekend haul of $29.2 million. Despite generally negative reviews at its laughable, implausible plot, Eagle Eye beat out a slew of other new releases to claim the No. 1 spot.
Nights in Rodanthe, a romantic drama that reunites Richard Gere and Diane Lane, came in a distant second with a gross of $13.6 million, while last weekend’s champion, Lakeview Terrace, which stars Samuel L. Jackson, slipped to No. 3 after earning just $7 million.
A surprise entry into the top-10 was Fireproof, a very low-budget film starring Kirk Cameron (yes, that Kirk Cameronn!). Made for a reported $500,000, Fireproof earned an estimated $6.51 million while playing in just 800 theaters — thanks in large part to religious groups getting behind the effort.
The only other new release to crack the list was Spike Lee’s new effort, Miracle at St. Anna, which earned a somewhat disappointing $3.5 million to land at No. 9.
Here’s the complete Top 10 at the box office for the weekend ending 9/28/08:
- Eagle Eye, $29.2 million
- Nights in Rodanthe, $13.6 million
- Lakeview Terrace, $7 million
- Fireproof, $6.51 million
- Burn After Reading, $6.11 million
- Igor, $5.5 million
- Righteous Kill, $3.8 million
- My Best Friend’s Girl, $3.8 million
- Miracle at St. Anna, $3.5 million
- The Family That Preys, $3.16 million