De Niro Scares Up Top Movie Hide and Seek

Pushing aside the Oscar nominees, the new fright flick Hide and Seek, starring Robert De Niro, took the top spot at the weekend box office with earnings of $22 million, according to industry estimates.

Last weekend’s big movie, the road-trip comedy with Ice Cube, Are We There Yet?, slipped to second place with $17 million, while Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, with seven nominations (including Best Picture), performed the strongest among the Academy Award hopefuls, coming in at No. 3 thanks to its $11.8 million take after widening its release.

Elisabeth Shue

She was nominated for an Oscar, then disappeared into the ivory tower. Now Elisabeth Shue, who returned to Harvard in 2000 to finish her bachelor’s degree, is back on the big screen in Hide and Seek, a spooky thriller costarring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning, and Mysterious Skin, an entry at the Sundance Film Festival. The actress, 41, who earned her Academy Award nod for 1995’s Leaving Las Vegas, also focused on family in the meantime, with daughter Stella, 3, joining son Miles, 7.