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"Eagle Eye" Tops Weekend Box Office

Posted: September 28th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Thriller "Eagle Eye" scored the best opening since summer in grossing an estimated $29.2 million at the domestic box office from 3,510 theaters. The casualty of the weekend ended up being Spike Lee's World War II film "Miracle St. Anna," which opened to a disappointing $3.5 million from 1,185 theaters to come in only No. 9.

Otherwise, the box office was generally robust, even with Friday night's presidential debate and the economic crisis.

"Eagle Eye" easily topped the box office chart, while the Diane Lane/Richard Gere romantic drama "Nights in Rodanthe" placed No. 2 in its bow, grossing an estimated $13.6 million from 2,704 theaters.

The Christian-themed pic "Fireproof" was the surprise of the weekend in grossing an estimated $6.5 million from only 839 theaters and coming in No. 4. The film was made for only $500,000, thus ended up earning thirteen times its budget.

"Fireproof," toplining Kirk Cameron ("Growing Pains"), saw the strongest opening for a faith-based film in recent memory. Goldwyn aggressively marketing the film to church groups, including word-of-mouth screening. Cameron also has his own ministry, "The Way of the Master," which he co-founded in 2002.

On the specialty side, Fox Searchlight saw disappointing results for the Sam Rockwell pic "Choke," which opened to an estimated $1.3 million from 435 runs for a per screen average of $3,069.

Click here to read our "Eagle Eye" review.

Check out the rest of the box office results

Source: Variety


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