‘Disturbia’ Does It Again — Better Luck ‘Next’ Time, Nic Cage

Shia LaBeouf thriller spends third week at #1; 'The Invisible' and 'Next' come up short.

The Top Five

#1 “Disturbia” ($9.1 million)
#2 “The Invisible” ($7.6 million)
#3 “Next” ($7.2 million)
#4 “Fracture” ($7 million)
#5 “Blades of Glory” ($5.2 million)

Does the NFL draft command that much attention? Did everybody get together and decide they didn’t like Nicolas Cage anymore? Is this just the calm before next month’s storm?

Whatever people were doing this weekend, one thing is certain — they weren’t going to the movies. The top 12′s combined haul of $62.9 million was by far the lowest of 2007, and the second lowest in almost two years.

That said, it’s high time we started praising Shia LaBeouf, whose pseudo-Hitchcockian remake “Disturbia” claimed the top spot for the third straight week. There’s still time for the remaining doubters to jump onboard the Shia bandwagon, of course, but we just want to state for the record, Mr. LaBeouf, that we’ve been big fans of yours for years — and our admission of this now has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that your upcoming movies include “Surf’s Up,” “Transformers” and “Indiana Jones 4.”

“The Invisible,” “Next” and “Fracture,” three films separated by less than three-quarters of a million dollars, follow a good distance behind “Disturbia.” A David Goyer helmed remake, “The Invisible” opened in second place with $7.6 million — a respectable number, sure, but a far cry from the multi-hyphenate’s most recent movies, including “Batman Begins” and “Blade: Trinity.” With an estimated budget of $70 million, meanwhile, “Next” has to be considered a major disappointment. Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, the sci-fi flick was good for only $7.2 million, barely enough to squeak by the second week of “Fracture,” which fell to fourth place with $7 million.

Among other new releases, “The Condemned” starring “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and “Kickin It Old Skool” with Jamie Kennedy both tanked. The former was good for only $4 million while the latter didn’t even make the top 10, opening in 11th place with $2.8 million.

How’d We Do?

It was the great New York philosopher Casey Stengel who once asked his woeful Mets, “Can’t anyone here play this game?” After last week’s lamentable performance from our box-office experts, we’re tempted to ask the same thing. We’re all for granting passes where final tallies are concerned, but for the first time in over six months, not one of our prognosticators even picked the right movie (see “Projection Booth: Is Nicolas Cage Destined For His ‘Next’ #1 Flick?” ). Each put their faith in “Next” and as a result, each will have to wait till next week to score. So to Josh, Larry and Joey McIntyre: we award you no points, and may God have mercy on your souls.

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

In Perspective

She’s been called “The Sexiest Woman Alive” and the “Hollywood Celebrity I Most Want to Go Out With” (Esquire Magazine and Shawn Adler, respectively) but those accolades haven’t yet translated to big-screen success for actress Jessica Biel, whose “Next” disappointed with a third-place finish. This summer, Biel will co-star in the comedy “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” alongside Adam Sandler and Kevin James — which will almost certainly head to the top of this list of her highest-grossing movies.

#1 “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” ($80.6 million)
#2 “Blade: Trinity” ($52.4 million)
#3 “The Illusionist” ($39.9 million)
#4 “Stealth” ($32.1 million)
#5 “Cellular” ($32 million)

Next Week

Forget your late-spring malaise and get ready to remember why you loved film in the first place, as next weekend is bound to be one of the biggest in recent memory with the release of “Lucky You,” a poker romance starring Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore. Other new releases include the Sundance sleepers “Waitress,” starring Keri Russell, and “Away From Her” directed by indie-fave Sarah Polley.

Internet buzz has also peaked in recent weeks for an underground film out Friday about a man who gets bitten by a radioactive spider, making him some sort of hybrid with the web-slinging abilities of a spider and the everyday problems of a man. We believe it’s called “The Man Who Looks Like a Bug.” No, wait — “Spider-Man 3,” that’s it.

Check out everything we’ve got on “Disturbia,” “The Invisible” and “Next.”

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