‘Disturbia’ Holds #1, But ‘Hot Fuzz’ Tastes Its Own Victory

Shia LaBeouf thriller stays put with a modest $13.5 million; cop comedy wins per-screen match.

The Top Five

#1 “Disturbia” ($13.5 million)
#2 “Fracture” ($11.2 million)
#3 “Blades of Glory” ($7.8 million)
#4 “Vacancy” ($7.6 million)
#5 “Meet the Robinsons” ($7 million)

Last week in this space we predicted a box-office battle royale, with Shia LaBeouf, Ryan Gosling and Adam Brody duking it out for the Generation Y championship. After a crowded weekend at the multiplexes, we’re proud to announce that the winner is …

Well, nobody.

To be fair, Shia’s “Disturbia” once again claimed the top spot, eking out a win with $13.5 million — becoming the fifth film of 2007 to repeat as champ. But to be honest, Shia’s “Disturbia” eked out a win with only $13.5 million. In falling nearly 40 percent from last weekend, “Disturbia” boasted the second lowest total for a box-office winner this year.

Gosling’s “Fracture,” meanwhile, was anything but the bone-crushing romp we were promised by the title. (Yes, we know it’s really a psychological thriller co-starring Anthony Hopkins.) At least Gosling has this on LaBeouf: While “Fracture” made nearly $2.5 million less than “Disturbia,” it did so in 600 fewer theaters. Its per screen average of $4,574 was $100 more than the first-place flick.

Nobody made more per theater, though, than Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the “braaaaaaaains” behind 2004′s zombie comedy “Shaun of the Dead.” Their “Hot Fuzz,” an irreverent look at buddy cop movies, was good for $7,075 per theater and $5.8 million overall. Look for the flick to be a top-10 mainstay in weeks to come, as positive word of mouth combines with an expanded release. And there are those who will still insist that crime doesn’t pay.

One thing that doesn’t pay much anymore is horror. Coming in fourth place with $7.6 million, “Vacancy” disappointed those looking for the next big fright franchise. With the relative failures of recent flicks such as “Grindhouse,” “The Hills Have Eyes 2,” “Hannibal,” and “Turistas,” we have to ask — is horror dead? “Horror unfortunately tends to go in these cycles where it puts itself back in this ghetto,” writer/director Frank Darabount told MTV News last week. “I wish we weren’t making these [types of horror] movies.”

And Adam Brody’s “In the Land of Women” failed to attract many. With his first leading role, Brody raked in $4.9 million — good for only eighth place.

Among holdovers, “Blades of Glory” and “Meet the Robinsons” continued to impress, finishing in third and fifth place respectfully. And after seven weeks — and more than $200 million — “300″ fell out of the top 10.

How’d We Do?

“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard,” the old saying goes. But what’s really easy, it seems, is making us box-office prognosticators look like fools. For the second time in three weeks, our celebrity guest knocked it out of the park — Jamie Kennedy’s prediction of “Disturbia” at $14 million was nearly perfect (see “Projection Booth: Will Gosling, LaBeouf Or Brody Be Next Gen-Y Champ?” ). But he who laughs last, laughs best, Mr. Kennedy. Open your movie “Kickin It Old Skool” above expectations next weekend and you’ll truly be deserving of the box-office crown.

Prognosticator (Weeks Won)
Josh Horowitz, MTV Movies editor (14)
Larry Carroll, MTV News writer (8)
Celebrity guests (4)

In Perspective

With four straight weekends in the top three, “Blades of Glory” has cemented its place in cinematic history — well, at least until Will Ferrell’s next sports comedy, that is. (We’re actually pretty jazzed about “Semi-Pro,” with Ferrell as an aging basketball star). We can only conclude, based on the following list of the top-grossing sports comedies, that a miniature golf movie with Ferrell and Adam Sandler would make roughly $500 million.

#1 “The Waterboy” ($161.5 million)
#2 “The Longest Yard” ($158.2 million)
#3 “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” ($148.2 million)
#4 “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” ($114.3 million)
#5 “Blades of Glory” ($101 million)

Next Week

Starring Nicolas Cage and Jessica Biel, “Next” is the latest Phillip K. Dick adaptation to hit the big screen. We’d point out that the author’s work hasn’t really translated all too well lately (we’re looking at you, “Paycheck”) but you had us at Jessica Biel. “The Condemned,” starring “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as a prisoner forced to fight for his life in a “Most Dangerous Game”-esque adventure, David Goyer’s “The Invisible” and funnyman Jamie Kennedy’s “Kickin It Old Skool” round out the weekend’s new releases.

Check out everything we’ve got on “Disturbia,”“Hot Fuzz,” and “Fracture.

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