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.