Box Office Results: District 9 is Number One

Studio Estimates for August 14-16:

1.  District 9 – $37 million
2.  G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – $22.5 million
3.  The Time Traveler’s Wife – $19.2 million
4.  Julie & Julia – $12.4 million
5.  G-Force – $6.9 million

The sci-fi, alien satire District 9 grossed an impressive $37 million (impressive because the budget was only $30 million) its opening weekend, which was good enough to nab the #1 spot.  This feat is worth mentioning because it was a lot more than just an alien-action film and there were no big actors in the cast. 

The movie was able to beat out the high-flying action blockbuster, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra during its second weekend.  The Time Traveler’s Wife made a solid $19.2 million and behind it was another female-friendly flick, Julie & Julia with $12.4 million.  Rounding out the Top 5 was G-Force with $6.9 million. 

Three of the five new releases didn’t make the Top 5, including The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard ($5.4 million), Ponyo ($3.5 million) and Bandslam ($2.3 million).

As for our predictions, Phil was the only one to predict District 9 as the top film of the weekend, but my predictions were the most accurate with 4 out of the Top 5 movies and the least off on the gross estimates.

Check back on Friday for our new predictions when three new films hit the theaters:  Inglourious Basterds, Post Grad, and Shorts.


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