The face of Hannibal Lecter was no match for Shia LaBeouf in a box-office battle of murder thrillers.
DreamWorks and Paramount’s “Disturbia,” starring LaBeouf as a teen who suspects a neighbor of murder, took in $13.5 million to hold the top weekend movie spot for a second straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
New Line Cinema’s “Fracture” starring Anthony Hopkins — who played serial killer Lecter in three films — debuted at No. 2 with $11.2 million. Hopkins plays a sly defendant accused of killing his unfaithful wife, with Ryan Gosling co-starring as the prosecutor.
DreamWorks and Paramount’s figure-skating comedy “Blades of Glory,” starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder, was No. 3 with $7.8 million in its fourth weekend to cross the $100 million mark.
The buddy-cop comedy “Hot Fuzz,” released by Focus Features’ Rogue Pictures unit, had a strong start in narrower release, premiering at No. 6 with $5.8 million in 825 theaters, about a third the number of cinemas where “Fracture” and “Vacancy” played.
“Hot Fuzz” comes from the “Shaun of the Dead” team of director Edgar Wright and his co-writer and star Simon Pegg, who plays a London super-cop exiled to a sleepy British town, where he encounters a series of grisly deaths.
The Warner Bros. drama “In the Land of Women” opened at a weak No. 8 with $4.9 million. The movie stars Adam Brody as a heartbroken writer who moves in with his grandmother and forges a relationship with a neighbor (Meg Ryan) and her teenage daughter.
After a solid start this year, Hollywood’s overall revenues were down for a second straight weekend. The top 12 movies took in $74 million, off 26 percent compared to the same weekend last year, when “Silent Hill” opened at No. 1 with $20.2 million.
“This is like an onslaught of films trying to get into the marketplace before the big summer rush,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “People are just holding their breath waiting for summer to start, and while they’re holding their breath, they didn’t go to the movies in big numbers.”
However, attendance is up 2.4 percent from last year, and studio executives predict this could be a record summer for modern Hollywood with major sequels including “Spider-Man 3,” “Shrek the Third” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”
“Disturbia” raised its 10-day total to $40.7 million, already taking in roughly double what it cost to make the movie.
The film has established the 20-year-old LaBeouf, whose big break came as the star of the Disney Channel series “Even Stevens,” as a bankable leading man.
“He has this appeal which I think works for the girls obviously, who are big suspense fans, and guys like him, too, so that’s a double plus,” said DreamWorks spokesman Marvin Levy.