I saw “State of Play” and thought it was great, and I hear good things about “17 Again”.

Efron turns ’17 Again’ into No. 1 hit with $24M
LOS ANGELES ñ Zac Efron has taken the box-office crown from his Disney teammate Miley Cyrus.
Efron’s comedy “17 Again,” in which he plays the youthful version of a middle-aged man magically transformed to high school age, debuted as the top weekend movie with $24.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The No. 1 opening for the Warner Bros. movie solidifies the big-screen potential for Efron, who rose to fame with Disney’s “High School Musical” series.
“There’s no question that Zac’s a star,” said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros. “He’s such a hardworking, talented individual. He certainly has given his all to promote this movie.”
Universal had the No. 2 movie with Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck’s Washington thriller “State of Play,” which pulled in $14.1 million. Crowe plays a reporter investigating a series of deaths linked to an old college friend (Affleck) who’s now a rising star in Congress.
Cyrus’ “Hannah Montana: The Movie” slipped from first place to fourth with $12.7 million. That lifted the domestic total for Cyrus’ movie spinoff of her Disney Channel show to $56.1 million after 10 days in theaters.
“Hannah Montana” finished just behind DreamWorks Animation’s “Monsters vs. Aliens,” which took in $12.9 million to raise its domestic haul to $162.7 million.
Estimates for “Hannah Montana” and “Monsters vs. Aliens” were close enough that the movies could switch rankings when final numbers are reported Monday.
Jason Statham had a so-so opening for his action sequel “Crank: High Voltage,” which came in at No. 6 with $6.5 million, $4 million less than the first weekend for the 2006 original.
The Lionsgate sequel features Statham in a race to recover his heart, which has been stolen by organ thieves and replaced with a mechanical one.
Hollywood maintained a record box-office pace with just one weekend to go before the busy summer season arrives May 1 with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Hugh Jackman’s spinoff of the blockbuster “X-Men” franchise.
Overall revenues were at $112 million, up nearly 20 percent from the same weekend last year, according to box-office tracker Media By Numbers.
For the year, Media By Numbers is tracking receipts at $2.92 billion, 17.3 percent ahead of 2008’s and well above the box-office pace of 2007, when Hollywood took in a record $9.7 billion. Accounting for higher ticket prices, movie attendance this year is up 15.6 percent compared to last year’s.
The movie business is poised to top $10 billion at the box office for the first time in 2009, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers.
“It’s going to be a record year, because we’ve never had a start to a year this strong,” Dergarabedian said. “Unless the world goes off its axis and spins into the sun, I don’t see how we’re not going to have a $10 billion year.”
Here are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday.
1. “17 Again,” $24.1 million.
2. “State of Play,” $14.1 million.
3. “Monsters vs. Aliens,” $12.9 million.
4. “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” $12.7 million.
5. “Fast & Furious,” $12.3 million.
6. “Crank: High Voltage,” $6.5 million.
7. “Observe and Report,” $4.1 million.
8. “Knowing,” $3.5 million.
9. “I Love You, Man,” $3.4 million.
10. “The Haunting in Connecticut,” $3.2 million.