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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 27, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Weekend box office: “Obsessed” soars, “Soloist” wavers

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Interesting weekend for the movie biz: “Obsessed,” a “Fatal Attraction”-style thriller starring Beyonce, wasn’t screened in advance for press (or for anyone) — and it’s at the top of the box office, with $28.5 million. It’s the latest of several thrillers to make a surprise appearance at #1 this year, including “Taken,” “Friday the 13th” and “Knowing.” I haven’t gotten to “Obsessed”; did any of you? Is it as bad as our wire review says?
And “The Soloist” made a disappointing debut at #4 ($9.7 million), continuing a lackluster streak for movies aimed at grown-ups. “State of Play,” “Duplicity” and now “The Soloist” have struggled to find an audience, though the feedback I’m hearing is that most people who attend these movies like them a lot. A reader called this morning to report that she went to an Eastside screening of “The Soloist,” and that the audience loudly applauded at the end; something she doesn’t hear much at the multiplexes. I can understand why “The Soloist” is a tricky sell (in these tough economic times, not everybody wants to go see a drama about a mentally ill homeless musician), but I do hope it does catch some word-of-mouth buzz; it’s well worth seeing.

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