Giving life to the Weinstein Company for another day (or at least another bridge loan), Quentin Tarantino had the biggest opening day of his career as "Inglourious Basterds" opened to $14.3 million.
Generally well reviewed, the dramatic thriller should do between $30-35 million for the weekend. Tarantino's previous biggest opening was "Kill Bill Vol. 2" which found $25.1 million in its opening frame. While other stars such as Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington are floundering, it appears "Glourious" star Brad Pitt's popularity is only growing (and he'll collect a nice profit share from the movie as well). "Glourious" is also playing strong overseas and that's not a surprise considering all the international actors and languages spoken in the flick. It will be intriguing to see how much "Basterds" falls next weekend, but an overall final domestic cume between $80-90 million is most likely.
Coming at No. 2 was last weekend's champ, "District 9." The critically acclaimed thriller fell 60% from its opening day to $5.8 million, but could still make between $15-17 million for the weekend. After Friday, the Peter Jackson produced Sci-Fi flick has made $60 million. An eventual $100 million gross is possible, but looking less likely after Friday's big drop.
Third place belonged to "GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra" which made $3.6 million for what should be a $12 million gross for the weekend.
"The Time Traveler's Wife" came in fourth in its second week with $3.3 million and an expected $9-10 million three day. The romantic drama should eventually finish with between $45-50 million just like fellow Warner Bros. release "My Sister's Keeper."
Slowing down just as quickly is the Meryl Streep/Amy Adams "Julie & Julia." The romantic cooking comedy made $2.6 million for waht should be an $8-9 million weekend. With around $60 million by Monday, Streep's run of $100 million plus summer flicks appears to becoming to an end.
Also opening this weekend was Warner Bros. kid flick "Shorts." The Robert Rodriguez directed picture bombed though only pulling in $2.3 million on Friday for what will be a $6-7 million debut at best.
The former Fox Atomic title "Post Grad" will soon disappear from the nightmares of Fox Searchlight (who were forced to release it after Atomic was dismantled) after making $1.2 million in only 1,900 plus theaters.
Look for final weekend box office estimates tomorrow on HitFix.