Sam J Is Number One
The Samuel L. Jackson thriller Lakeview Terrace debuted this weekend in the top box office slot, raking in $15.6 million over the weekend.
But the tale of a cop terrorizing his new neighborhood only did so-so compared to summer hits of previous months.
"Obviously, as compared to like the summer season, the bar has definitely been lowered in terms of what movies are making," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers.
"This definitely is a slowdown period, as is typical for this post-summer malaise we always seem to run up against."
Burn After Reading took the number two spot, and the romantic comedy My Best Friend's Girl, starring Kate Hudson, Dane Cook and Jason Biggs, came in at number three with an $8.3 million weekend debut.
1. Lakeview Terrace, $15.6 million