BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Slays the Box Office Competition with $37.6 Million

Quentin Tarantino’s new World War II epic triumphs while ‘District 9’ has a solid second weekend.

Weekend Box Office:

1) Inglourious Basterds - $37.6 million

2) District 9 - $18.9 million

3) G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - $12.5 million

4) The Time Traveler's Wife - $10.02 million

5) Julie & Julia - $9 million

6) Shorts - $6.6 million

7) G-Force - $4.2 million

8) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $3.5 million

9) The Ugly Truth - $2.85 million

10) Post Grad - $2.8 million

Business was a-boomin for Quentin Tarantino's two-and-a-half-hour war film in its opening weekend. Inglourious Basterds had no trouble taking the top spot at the box office with an impressive $37.6 million estimated take in its opening weekend. The film was showing in 3,165 theaters and scored a hefty $11,881 per-screen average. The film earned just over half of its $70 million budget in its first weekend in theaters and, with the summer season winding down, it should do healthy business in the fall season.

Some holdovers showed some promising endurance this week as well, with District 9 taking second place with an estimated $18.9 million, dropping just 49% from last weekends tally, with a cumulative gross of $73.4 million after 10 days in theaters. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and The Time Traveler's Wife showed its legs as well in third and fourth place with $12.5 million and $10.02 million respectively. Aside from the Basterds, though it wasn't the greatest weekend for the other new releases.

Robert Rodriguez's Shorts could only manage a sixth place finish with an estimated gross of $6.6 million. The film was in almost as many theaters as Tarantino's Basterds (3,105), but only took in a meager $2,126 from those 3,105 theaters. The only other film playing wide, or semi-wide, was the Alexis Bleidel comedy Post Grad, which took in just $2.8 million from 1,959 theaters for a dismal $1,429 per-screen average. Still, it wasn't nearly as bad as X Games 3D: The Movie which took in just $800,000 from 1,399 theaters for a horrendous per-screen average of just $572.

Next weekend is the last weekend of summer and we close out the season with a few new sequels and a new take on Woodstock. H2: Halloween 2, The Final Destination and Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock all battling for box office supremacy to end the summer with a bang. Check back next week to see who triumphs when all of the box office dust has settled.

Inglourious Basterds was released August 21st, 2009 and stars Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger. The film is directed by Quentin Tarantino.

District 9 was released August 14th, 2009 and stars Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt, Sylvaine Strike, Elizabeth Mkandawie, John Sumner, William Allen Young, Greg Melvill-Smith. The film is directed by Neill Blomkamp.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was released August 7th, 2009 and stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Byung-hun Lee, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce. The film is directed by Stephen Sommers.

The Time Traveler's Wife was released August 14th, 2009 and stars Michelle Nolden, Alex Ferris, Arliss Howard, Eric Bana, Katherine Trowell, Bart Bedford, Esther Jun, Matt Birman. The film is directed by Robert Schwentke.

Julie & Julia was released August 7th, 2009 and stars Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Helen Carey, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jane Lynch. The film is directed by Nora Ephron.

Shorts was released August 21st, 2009 and stars Jimmy Bennett, Jake Short, Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Devon Gearhart, Jolie Vanier, Rebel Rodriguez, Leo Howard. The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez.

G-Force was released July 24th, 2009 and stars Bill Nighy, Sam Rockwell, Will Arnett, Jon Favreau, Zach Galifianakis, Nicolas Cage, Kelli Garner, Penélope Cruz. The film is directed by Hoyt Yeatman.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released July 15th, 2009 and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Gambon, Dave Legeno, Elarica Gallacher, Jim Broadbent, Geraldine Somerville, Bonnie Wright, Julie Walters. The film is directed by David Yates.

The Ugly Truth was released July 24th, 2009 and stars Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Bree Turner, Eric Winter, Nick Searcy, Jesse D. Goins, Cheryl Hines, John Michael Higgins. The film is directed by Robert Luketic.

Post Grad was released August 21st, 2009 and stars Alexis Bledel, Zach Gilford, Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch, Bobby Coleman, Carol Burnett, Rodrigo Santoro, Catherine Reitman. The film is directed by Vicky Jenson.

Sources: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Chad Vital

    sitting there like*

    6 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  2. Chad Vital

    I'm not trying to pick a fight at all mikehd, I just realized that A LOT of people walk out of your guys theaters lol. I never see anyone walk out of mine, ever. I watched some mom bring her kids to Watchmen and I was sitting like "that mom is in for a treat" lol. And they STILL didn't leave even after the sex scenes so yeah. Just seems like either your theater sucks ass (no offense to you personally), or those people leaving are very weird (why would you leave?), or the other possibility is that a lot of people don't like it when it's busy or crowded so they leave and come back a week later or whatever. (They're stupid for showing up to release showing to begin with).

    6 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  3. Newkill3000

    mikehd, those are the same customers that made Transformers 2 the highest grossing movie of the year. F*ck them.

    6 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  4. mikehd

    most of us on movie web enjoy the quality of movies most people were coming out of both ib and district 9 asking for there money back or walking out on them me and my co workers just shake are heads when both these movies was excellent

    6 years agoby @mikehdFlag

  5. Newkill3000

    Maybe Rodriguez should just do writing for now on, because he's just shown with Shorts he can't direct movies.

    6 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  6. Messenger

    I've seen D9 and IB and both were awesome! But I will be seeing H2 and maybe FD4 after that.

    6 years agoby @messengerFlag

  7. the Narrator

    H2 will most likely take the box office next weekend. TFD will be 2nd or 3rd, and D9 will hands down be 4th. Overall though the summer has passed with few and rarely seen good movies.

    Another reason I don't respect Robert Rodriguez is the fact he makes so many "original" dumb movies. I mean the spy kids trilogy was lame, and this proves nearly nobody is interested in Shorts. I mean the only work he did that I like was Desperado and Once Upon A Time In Mexico. come on man! Your better than that.

    6 years agoby @narratorFlag

  8. PypeBomb

    Inglourious Basterds was good as sh*t. I am suprised it didn't rake in more jew loot.

    6 years agoby @pypebombFlag

  9. Newkill3000

    Yeah f*ck H2!!

    6 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  10. Avian

    Screw H2 and FF4, I'm seeing Inglorious Bastards and District 9 again.

    6 years agoby @avian005Flag

  11. Newkill3000

    Final Destination is going to be awesome

    6 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  12. Newkill3000

    Slysnide, what are you talking about? Inglourious Basterds is not marketed for the majority of K-12. Tarantino is a genre based director. In fact, this is best opening ever from all his previous films.

    6 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  13. mikehd

    this was an excellent movie but its not quentin's best film pulp fiction is 1 of my all time favorites h2 doesn't look that good to me but hopefully i'm wrong when i actually see it

    6 years agoby @mikehdFlag

  14. slysnide

    Hmmm. I'd've thought that "Inglourious Basterds" would take in more than that since this was the final big summer weekend as the majority of K-12 return to school this week. Considerably low it seems in contrast to the amount of publicity it's received over the past 6 months. Still good though. I bet it'll be able to beat "H2," or at least I hope it will, cuz higher B.O.R. = Prequel.

    6 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  15. kingbrady


    6 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  16. kingbrady

    i really hope neither H@ or FD-3D isnt #1, movies like that are great rentals, but the only thing about FD that we havent seen before is that the rocks, cars, and sh*t that kills them flies in our face, not that appealing

    6 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  17. WiseGuy

    Seen it twice already. Once on my computer so Cant wait to go see it at the theater again. Awesome movie.

    6 years agoby @zgcorleone072Flag

  18. Err

    i think i may try to see H2 is the theatre too, so what if its a remake, at this point only idiots still whine about that sort of thing.
    on it's own merits it should at least be entertaining.

    6 years agoby @err2005Flag

  19. Diaigma

    Low opening, but expected. H2 will undoubtedly take over next week.

    6 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  20. horrorfan402

    Can't wait to see Basterds, gotta see if Tarantino can top himself. District 9 was. . . different, and G.I. JOE kicked ass! And now this horror fan is really about to blow his load, H2 and Final Destination! I think i need some new underware.

    6 years agoby @horrorfan402Flag

  21. CelluloidDreams

    Screw a remake of "H2: Halloween 2" .... a waste of time space!!!

    6 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  22. CelluloidDreams

    "Inglourious Basterds" rocked!!!

    Tarantino does not set out to make a war film like any one you have seen before. Instead, he's going for a genre mish-mash to deliver a unique film in and of itself!!

    Tarantino's finest effort, the best movie of the year to this point, and a sure-fire contender for Best Picture, plus several acting honors.

    6 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  23. kingbrady

    Definitely not a surprise in the top 3, Inglorious was great, i got dragged to GI JOE twice this weekend, the acting in most parts is really bad in GI Joe, but i enjoyed the movie, love Cobra's voice at the end, 2 horror movies this weekend i know im going to get dragged to Final Destination for sure

    6 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  24. ed_wood

    Great movie, I've seen it twice. Next is Halloween 2.

    6 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  25. Space101

    I was actually a bit disappointed...I was expecting more action in the movie, but it was still good personally I don't think this is Tarantino's best one...

    6 years agoby @space101Flag

  26. Null and Void.

    I've seen this three times already. Amazing.

    6 years agoby @soylentgreenFlag

  27. Newkill3000

    F*ck H2. I'm gonna see Final Destination in 3D.

    6 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  28. Chad Vital


    6 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  29. Chad Vital

    Parts of Basterds was definitely awesome. Kinda slow in some parts but they are kind of cat and mouse dialogue parts so it's not so bad. They pay it off with violence and laughs though.

    6 years agoby @chad-vitalFlag

  30. the Narrator

    District 9 is hanging in there, and Iglourius was awesome, so I heard.

    6 years agoby @narratorFlag

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