Studio Estimates for August 21-23:
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 million
5. Julie & Julia – $9 million
6. Shorts – $6.6 million
10. Post Grad – $2.8 million
Quentin Tarantino’s epic, World War II tale, Inglourious Basterds topped the box office this weekend with $37.6 million. Despite its lengthy runtime and the gruesome, R-rated brutality, Inglourious Basterds was praised by critics and accepted by the public. The combination of marquee names like Tarantino and Brad Pitt outweighed the rest of the competition and proved to be one of the highest-grossing opening weekends for a WW2 movie.
Runner up to the Basterds was District 9 with $18.9 million. G.I. Joe took the third spot with $12.5 million, Time Traveler’s Wife grossed $10 million, and Julie & Julia made $9 million to round out the Top 5.
The other three new releases this weekend weren’t able to make a dent in the box office. The family film Shorts opened with $6.6 million, Post Grad opened with $2.8 million, and the X-Games documentary made $800,000.
Check back on Friday for our new predictions when two horror films hit the silver screen: The Final Destination and Halloween 2. Also, Taking Woodstock debuts this weekend in a semi-wide release.