Moviegoers aren't ready to kill off summer movie season yet. At least, the fans of 3-D aren't.
"The Final Destination 3-D" scared up the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $12.4 million 3-day and $15 million 4-day gross. At the end of Labor Day, the fourth installment in the "Destination" franchise will have amassed $50.3 million and will soon pass "The Final Destination 3's" $54 million gross -- the previous top moneymaker in the franchise. One thing is for sure, you can guarantee this won't be "The" final destination for moviegoers.
As for the new openers, Sandra Bullock's long on the shelf romantic comedy "All About Steve" was a close second with $11.2 million over the 3-day and $13 million estimated for the 4-day weekend.. The scathingly reviewed picture will be having Bullock and co-star Bradley Cooper both hoping audiences remember "The Proposal" and "The Hangover" first when thinking of the duo's last respective flicks and not this dud.
Third place went to "Inglourious Basterds" which continues to perform strongly on good word of mouth With another $10.8 million for the 3-day and around $13 million estimated for the holiday weekend, "Basterds" is edging closer and closer to the magical $100 million mark, a significant achievement director Quentin Tarantino hasn't hit since "Pulp Fiction" way back in 1994.
Fading fast in the fourth slot is Gerard Butler's "Gamer" with only $9 million for the 3-day and an $11 million estimate for the 4-day weekend. While hopes weren't that high, Lionsgate has to be disappointed the actioner hasn't found more of an audience. Then again, sometimes moviegoers can smell a bad flick a mile away.
Even with a strong and valiant marketing push by Miramax, "Extract" couldn't find an audience with only $4.1 million for the 3-day and $5.2 million for the 4-day in ticket sales. Certainly not reviled by critics as some of the weekends other releases, Judge should seriously consider the titles of his pictures in the future. "Idoicracy" and "Extract" don't necessarily sell their stories very well.
Labor Day weekend is traditionally one of the slowest of the year as the last vacation frame for many and usually results in a studio dumping ground for some of the worst films of the year. With "All About Steve" and "Gamer," that certainly appears to be the case.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Box Office Mojo. New releases are in bold.
1. "The Final Destination," $12.4 million 3-Day, $15 million 4-day.
2. "All About Steve," $11.2 million 3-Day, $13 million 4-day.
3. "Inglourious Basterds," $10.8 million 3-Day, $13 million 4-day.
4. "Gamer," $9 million 3-Day, $11 million 4-day.
5. "District 9," $7 million 3-Day, $8.2 million 4-day.
6. "Halloween II," $5.6 million 3-Day, $6.7 million 4-day.
7. "Julie & Julia," $5.2 million 3-Day, $6.5 million 4-day.
8. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," $5.1 million 3-Day, $6.5 million 4-day.
9. "The Time Traveler's Wife," $4.2 million 3-Day, $5.3 million 4-day.
10. "Extract," $4.1 million 3-Day, $5.2 million 4-day.