Hollywood witnessed the emergence of a potential new boxoffice draw this weekend as Paramount Picture's release of "Disturbia," from DreamWorks and the Montecito Picture Co., jumped to the front of a crowded pack. Performing well above expectations, the movie, which borrows from Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" to tell the tale of a housebound teen who suspects a neighbor of murder, prevailed over the competition with a commanding $22.2 million.
Directed by D.J. Caruso, the film stars Shia LaBeouf, who was hailed as Male Star of Tomorrow at March's ShoWest convention. Tomorrow came sooner than some might have anticipated, though. "Disturbia" gives the 20-year-old actor, a graduate of the Disney Channel's "Even Stevens" as well as studio projects like "Constantine" and indie fare like the recent "Bobby," his first, full-fledged leading role as a young adult. He'll be immediately following up this summer with the lead vocal performance in Sony Pictures Animation's "Surf's Up" and the DreamWorks/Paramount Fourth of July release, "Transformers," directed by Michael Bay.
"Disturbia" drew a young and female audience. According to polling by Cinemascore, 58% of the audience was under 24. And moviegoers, 57% of whom were female, awarded the film a solid A-minus rating.