Okay, Fine: Shia LaBeouf Is Actually a Movie Star Now

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"Don't you dare call me 'Mutt.'" Photo: Courtesy of Dreamworks

Though Shia LaBeouf's roles in the successes of Transformers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull could largely be credited to nostalgia for preexisting franchises, the $29.2 million bow of his latest film, Eagle Eye, this weekend proves that the young actor is now a bankable star in his own right. The conspiracy thriller — no, sadly, it was not a biopic about the late-nineties singer-songwriter Eagle-Eye Cherry — more than doubled the weekend take of the Richard Gere–Diane Lane romance Nights in Rodanthe, which nevertheless grossed above expectations at $13.6 million and performed well with older audiences. Perhaps Shia should take note of Gere's commercial staying power: Action movies may be his bread and butter as a young heartthrob, but as he ages, he may want to consider doing at least one tearjerker that prominently features beaches and/or horses.

'Eagle Eye' Is No. 1 at Box Office [LAT]