The Shia LeBeouf thriller “Eagle Eye” soared to first place during its opening weekend, more than doubling the box office totals of the Richard Gere newcomer “Nights in Rodanthe.”

With an estimated take of $29.2 million, “Eagle Eye”, also starring Michelle Monaghan, tells the tale of two strangers who become pawns in a deadly game of espionage involving terrorism and technology. “Eagle Eye” scored fourth biggest September opening ever, according to estimates by Nielsen EDI.

“Nights in Rodanthe”, also starring Diane Lane, is described as a soap opera-esque tale of two lonely people who come together at a coastal inn. The film nabbed $13.6 million at the box office.

Despite playing at only 839 locations, “Fireproof” starring Kirk Cameron opened in fourth place with an estimated haul of $6.5 million. The film has snagged the second highest opening weekend this year for a film opening at less than 1,000 locations. The number one spot still belongs to “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds”. Spike Lee’s World War II drama “Miracle at St. Anna” opened in ninth place with an estimated gross of $3.5 million.

Moviegoers this past weekend were saddened by the news of the passing of screen legend Paul Newman. With a career that spanned more than a half-century on the big screen, Newman was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning one in 1986 for “The Color of Money.” He was 83.

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Box Office Grosses
Week Ending September 28, 2008

Rank Title Weekend Total Gross
1 Eagle Eye (2008) $29.2M $29.2M
2 Nights in Rodanthe (2008) $13.6M $13.6M
3 Lakeview Terrace (2008) $7M $25.7M
4 Fireproof (2008) $6.51M $6.51M
5 Burn After Reading (2008) $6.11M $45.5M
6 Igor (2008) $5.5M $14.3M
7 Righteous Kill (2008) $3.8M $34.8M
8 My Best Friend’s Girl (2008) $3.8M $14.5M
9 Miracle at St. Anna (2008) $3.5M $3.5M
10 The Family That Preys (2008) $3.16M $32.8M