4. The Book of Eli: Jan. 15, 2010 ($32,789,494)
The post-apocalyptic neo-Western action film was directed by the Hughes brothers and written by Gary Whitta. Washington plays Eli, who has a daunting task at hand. He is to deliver the “book” across the continent and along the way, he encounters Carnegie (Gary Oldman), who is looking for this book to help his “enterprising” ways of control and deceit. Figures for opening weekend came to $32,789,494, with the movie making $94,835,059 here in the United States while grossing $157,100,000 worldwide.