'Inglourious Basterds' Becomes Quentin Tarantino's Highest-Grossing Film

The film's $108 million domestic gross just tops Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction'.

The Weinstein Company is pleased to announce Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds surpassed Pulp Fiction at the box office and is now the filmmaker's highest grossing film ever. Inglourious Basterds has now grossed over $108 million in North American box office receipts since its initial release on August 21, 2009.

Pulp Fiction, previously Tarantino's best North American performance, took in $107,966,120 in its North American release. Inglourious Basterds is an international success for TWC and its partner, Universal Pictures. The film opened at #1 in the US and around the world on August 21, 2009.

"We have been Quentin's biggest fans since the beginning. It was extremely gratifying to see Inglourious Basterds put up such huge numbers. It is a kick ass film from a director who always keeps me and audiences on their toes," said Harvey Weinstein in response to the new benchmark.

Weinstein credits the success to a first rate film and an innovative marketing plan. The film was the first to make use of Twitter and other social networking sites in such a direct fashion, even involving Twitter in the film's LA premiere. "It was great working with Biz Stone at Twitter on Inglourious Basterds. It took the campaign to another level," says Weinstein.

In the first year of the German occupation of France, Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to their enemy as "the basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquis, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own.... Employing pulp and propaganda in equal measure, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds weaves together the infamous, oppressed, real and larger-than-life stories of WWII.

The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures, co-financed and co-presented the film with a single-pot worldwide deal split 50/50. Inglourious Basterds was produced by Lawrence Bender, A Band Apart, Zehnte Babelsberg Film (a subsidiary of Studio Babelsberg AG) and GmbH Production. The film shot at Studio Babelsberg as well as on location in Berlin, Saxony and Paris.

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.



Sources: The Weinstein Company

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  1. CelluloidDreams

    NIIICE!! Woo Hoo Quentin Tarantino!!!! I agree W./"ed_wood"!

    5 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  2. ed_wood

    Best of the year so far.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  3. jono1018

    great f*cking news great f*cking film

    5 years agoby @jono1018Flag

  4. William A Holla

    ....im wondering if Q knew this was gonna happen, at the end when pitt is looking right at us and saying....yep this just might b my masterpiece

    5 years agoby @willturpin323Flag

  5. Structure (ONSTRA)

    2009's shining star along with watchmen and hp6..

    5 years agoby @gaj1992Flag

  6. fanboy

    i must agree best movie of 2009 so far, and may be the best movie of 2009 to.

    5 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  7. WiseGuy

    Congrats Quentin! This movie was his best film and best of the year.
    It deserves this.

    5 years agoby @zgcorleone072Flag

  8. Paolo Sardinas

    Congrats to you Quentin! Best movie of the year so far.

    5 years agoby @sardinasFlag

  9. -comrade-

    Good on you, Q.

    5 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  10. Messenger

    Grats!

    5 years agoby @messengerFlag

  11. ridgl

    Cool with me. it was a good movie.

    5 years agoby @ridglFlag