Not surprisingly, many moviegoers – I’m betting mostly guys – will shell out money to see sexy women in a cat fight.
“Obsessed,” starring Beyonce Knowles and Ali Larter battling over Idris Elba, debuted as the top movie over the weekend with $28.5 million, according to the Associated Press. The “Fatal Attraction” remake (or ripoff, not quite sure) stars Knowles and Elba as a happy couple whose marriage is threated by a psychotic temp played by Larter.
As the AP reported: “‘Obsessed’ had the lure of singer Knowles stepping out from her pop star image and duking it out with the crazy lady threatening her home and marriage.”
“There’s something about wanting to see Beyonce kick butt. She’s taking on one wacked chick, played very well by Ali Larter,” Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony, told the AP. “Let’s face it, everyone loves Beyonce, and to see her in this role is a treat.”
Last weeks’ top movie, “17 Again” and the new release “Fighting” were in a tight race for the No. 2 spot. With Sunday estimates of $11.7 million, the Warner Bros. comedy “17 Again,” starring Zac Efron and Matthew Perry, had the edge and raised its 10-day total to $40 million.
“Fighting,” starring Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard, debuted with $11.4 million. The two movies’ numbers were close enough that rankings could change when final numbers come out later today.
The Robert Downey Jr.-Jamie Foxx drama “The Soloist” opened at No. 4 with $9.7 million. Disney’s nature documentary “Earth,” was in fifth place with $8.6 million, bringing its total to $14.2 million since opening Wednesday. It was a great take for a documentary, reflecting Disney’s canny strategy for the film. It was aimed at families, opened on Earth Day and the company promised to plant a tree for every person bought a ticket in the first week.
The solid debut for “Obsessed” helped Hollywood keep its receipts high, with overall revenues at about $112 million, up 23.5 percent from the same weekend last year, the AP reported, citing box-office tracker Media By Numbers.
The blockbuster summer movie season begins Friday with the release of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” starring Hugh Jackman in the title role he played in three “X-Men” hits. Check out the Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman on Friday to see the full rundown on the blockbuster-packed summer.
Here are the top 10 movies, from the AP:
1. “Obsessed,” $28.5 million.
2. “17 Again,” $11.7 million.
3. “Fighting,” $11.4 million.
4. “The Soloist,” $9.7 million.
5. “Earth,” $8.6 million.
6. “Monsters vs. Aliens,” $8.5 million.
7. “State of Play,” $6.9 million.
8. “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” $6.4 million.
9. “Fast & Furious,” $6.1 million.
10. “Crank: High Voltage,” $2.4 million.