Beyonce Knowles-starring thriller Obsessed has taken a pretty impressive $28.5m over its opening weekend to top the US charts. The movie, which also stars The Wire’s Idris Elba and Heroes’ Ali Larter, took the second biggest opening for a Screen Gems movie ever, only defeated by the Exorcism of Emily Rose in 2005. It’s a pretty astonishingly high opening, probably a testament to the star power of Knowles in ostensibly her second profession.
Zac Efron’s 17 Again managed to remain relatively resilient in second place with $11.7m, a respectable second week total which allowed it just to pip the Channing Tatum-starring Fighting. That managed $11.4m to come in well above expectations for a minimum star movie.
That contrasted to the film in fourth place, Joe Wright’s The Soloist with Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx. It seems that, unlike Knowles, the star power of Downey Jr doesn’t quite stretch across audiences to bring his Iron Man muscle to the film. It could also have been hurt by Jamie Foxx’s idiocy over the past week or so in insulting Disney star Miley Cyrus in such a childish and twattish manner. Mum’s don’t like stars who have a go at youngers, Jamie.
A notable entry in fifth came to Earth, the first film to come from the newly-formed Disneynature subsidiary of the Mouse House. It managed $8.6m over the weekend, the third best ever for a documentary, with a five-day gross of $14.2m.
The film being directed by Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) with Elba apparently up for the role of Roque, the second in command in an elite team of black-ops renegades seeking revenge on government which has betrayed them.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the Comedian in Watchmen, has already signed up alongside Columbus Short, a talented up-and-comer with the unenviable task of building a career while still having You Got Served on his CV.
As for Elba, he needs to get into some great projects again. For those of us devoted for once and always to The Wire, he will never stop being String. But for those not interested in diving into David Simon and Ed Burns’ world, Elba is currently probably best known for being in Prom Night and The Unborn, both terrible horror films in which he tries hard but cannot possibly save things.
Hopefully, something like this could give him some movie cred again and he can realise his full potential.