After taking a look at this weekend's box office numbers, I'm now convinced the rumor is indeed true -- Steven Spielberg can see into the future. Perhaps that's why he's been so hot on Shia LaBeouf, when the rest of us were all like, "Um, you mean that kid from The Battle of Shaker Heights? Really? You dig him?" Granted, if Disturbia opened up in the middle of January during what I like to call "Hollywood's version of spring training," then it's $23 million first place finish wouldn't have been such a big deal. However, Shia LaBeouf (whose last three films were Bobby, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and The Greatest Game Ever Played) won this weekend's top spot by defeating some serious competition.
Shall we run down the list of top-notch actors LaBeouf out-box officed? Let's see, there's Will Ferrell, John Heder, Bruce Willis, Halle Berry, Hilary Swank and Ice Cube -- not to mention filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. I suppose one can make the argument that it wasn't so much Shia LaBeouf that attracted the crowds, but that Disturbia was the weekend's only new film geared toward the teenage audience. (Well, that's if you don't count the street-racing flick Redline which -- and I'm sure you'll agree -- didn't exactly shell out the dough when it came time for marketing. I'm sure most people showed up to the theater, saw the name 'Redline,' and thought it was some low-budget indie film about a red line.) Regardless, I think it's safe to say that Shia LaBeouf has officially arrived ... and just in time for a little film called Transformers, due out this July 4.
What do you think? Was Disturbia a fluke? Or does Shia really have a lot more fans than Catwoman, John McClane and that Pulp Fiction dude combined?