The final estimates for the 4-day Labor Day weekend are in and not only do we have a surprise winner in the top spot, "The Final Destination," but Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" has overcome three new releases to jump back into second place and almost win the frame.
Like a stubborn fighter, however, "Destination" didn't give up last weekend's crow and found another $15.4 million for a very impressive $50 million in less than two weeks. The 3-D horror flick will surely inspire another installment in the franchise and should now finish with over $70 million domestic. Not bad for a movie originally developed for DVD.
"Basterds," on the other hand, is defying all expectations and grossed $15 million for a new cume of $95 million in the United States alone. The Weintstein Company may have been forced to issue layoffs this past week, but Tarantino certainly did his part to try and save the company. The filmmaker has delivered his biggest hit since 1994's "Pulp Fiction" and the large gross and good word of mouth is making "Basterds" a serious contender for one of the top ten Best Picture nods this year. In the meantime, the revisionist Nazi thriller should end it's box office run north of $125 million. All outcomes no one would have predicted after the so-so response "Basterds" received at this May's Cannes Film Festival.
As for the new trio of releases that opened this past Friday, none of them were particularly memorable to either audiences or anyone involved and will quickly make their way to DVD. Sandra Bullock's comedic misfire "All About Steve" ended the weekend with $13.9 million, Gerard Butler's "Gamer" found $11.2 million and Mike Judge's "Extract" raised only $5.3 million (although it could eventually outgross his classic "Office Space" which clocked in for $10 million over a decade ago).
In other noteworthy box office news, "GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra" passed the $140 million mark, "District 9" battled past $100 million, "Julie & Julia" hit $80 million and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is less than $3 million away from an impressive $300 million mark which it should collect next weekend.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Box Office Mojo. New releases are in bold.
1. "The Final Destination,"$15.4 million 4-day, $50.5 million to date.
2. "Inglourious Basterds," $15 million 4-Day, $95 million to date.
3. "All About Steve," $13.9 million 4-day.
4. "Gamer," $11.2 million 4-day.
5. "District 9," $9 million 4-Day, $103 million to date.
6. "Halloween II,"$7 million 4-day, $27 million to date.
7. "Julie & Julia," $7 million 4-day, $80 million to date.
8. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," $6.7 million 4-day, $141 million to date.
9. "The Time Traveler's Wife," $5.4 million 4-day, $55.7 million to date.
10. "Extract,"$5.3 million 4-day.
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