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.
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.