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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: BASTERDS AND ALIENS

By 08.24.09

(This is gonna be a hell of a bris)

Inglourious Basterds predictably took the top spot with $37.6 million, but unpredictably took in quite a bit more than expected and earned Quentin Tarantino his biggest international opening weekend so far, according to Nikke Finke.  The film has already earned back approximately half of it’s budget.  I kind of wish I didn’t want to see this movie, so I could recycle my own joke and say, “I can’t wait to nazi this.”

District 9 dropped almost 50% in it’s second week, earning $18.9 million.  It has now grossed 2.5 times its original budget. G.I. Joe dropped 44% in its third week, taking in $12.5 million.  It’s now earned back almost 70% of its budget.  I kind of want to see this in the cheap theater so I can feel like Luke Wilson in Idiocracy.  I’ll just feast my eyes at the human panoply surrounding me and then raise my fists and yell, “I am the king of the windowlickers!  Bring me shiny things and gobstoppers, peasants!”

Among the other films opening last weekend, Shorts opened at #6 with $6.6 million, Post Grad was #10 with $2.8 million, and My One and Only opened on four screens with a per screen average of $15,175.  IFC sent Five Minutes of Heaven to only one theater last weekend, where it earned $5,200.  Liam Neeson reportedly called IFC’s receptionist to leave a message:  If you send my film to more screens next weekend, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

(full top 10 below)

Film Weekend Per Screen Total
1 Inglourious Basterds $37,602,000 $11,881 $37,602,000
2 District 9 $18,900,000 (-49.4%) $6,197 $73,491,000
3 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra $12,500,000 (-44.0%) $3,162 $120,531,000
4 The Time Traveler’s Wife $10,025,000 (-46.2%) $3,355 $37,448,000
5 Julia & Julia $9,000,000 (-25.3%) $3,654 $59,288,000
6 Shorts $6,600,000 $2,126 $6,600,000
7 G-Force $4,205,000 (-39.2%) $1,642 $107,315,000
8 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $3,515,000 (-31.5%) $1,816 $290,275,000
9 The Ugly Truth $2,850,000(-35.9%) $1,446 $82,887,000
10 Post Grad $2,800,000 $1,429 $2,800,000

[numbers via BoxOfficeMojo]

~ robopanda


TOPICS#WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
TAGSDISTRICT 9GI JOEINGLOURIOUS BASTERDSquentin tarantino

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