The Basterds Beat Up the Box Office

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Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds has had an impressive opening at the Box Office – further showing that this August has been a particularly good one for new movie releases. Basterds does about the same as last week’s top debut District 9 did, bringing in $37.6 million. The latter film added $18.9 million to its total this week. Both films continue to get positive buzz from audiences and critics alike.

This is a curious phenomenon that usually the quietest month of the summer is having such success, particularly in a summer that has otherwise been completely lackluster. The best films of the summer were the ones that nobody saw (the exception being Pixar’s Up) and the big money makers have suffered from terrible reviews and discussions about whether or not movie audiences are idiots. The good movies coming out of August are more than appreciated by critics and adult audience members. The summer of 2009 came in with a whimper and out with a bang.

Other premiering films Shorts and Post Grad had modest, but unimpressive numbers earning $6.6 and $2.8 million respectively. And in disappointing news for me, (500) Days of Summer is easing down the money making list, failing to become the sleeper success I had hoped it would.

Here are this weekends estimates from Box Office Mojo: (After the Jump)

1) Inglourious Basterds (Opening – 3,165 theatres)
Weekend Gross: $37.6 million | Average: $11,881 | Overall Gross: $37.6 million

2) District 9 (2nd week – 3,050 theatres)
Weekend Gross: $18.9 million | Average: $6,179 | Overall Gross: $73.49 million

3) G.I. Joe – The Rise of Cobra (3rd week – 3,953 theatres)
Weekend Gross: $12.5 million | Average: $3,162 | Overall Gross: $120.53 million

4) The Time Traveler’s Wife (2nd week – 2,988 theatres)
Weekend Gross: $10.03 million | Average: $3,335 | Overall Gross: $37.45 million

5) Julie & Julia (3rd week – 2,463 theatres)
Weekend Gross: 9 million | Average: $3,654 | Overall Gross: $59.29 million

6) Shorts (Opening – 3,105 theatres)
Weekend Gross: $6.6 million | Average: $2,126 | Overall Gross: $6.6 million

7) G-Force (5th week – 2,561 theatres)
Weekend Gross: $4.2 million | Average: $1,642 | Overall Gross: $107.32 million

8) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (6th week – 1,936 theatres)
Weekend Gross: $3.52 million | Average: $1,816 | Overall Gross: $290.28 million

9) The Ugly Truth (5th week – 1,971 theatres)
Weekend Gross: $2.85 million | Average: $1,446 | Overall Gross: $82,89 million

10) Post Grad (Opening – 1,959 theatres)
Weekend Gross: $2.8 million | Average: $1,426 | Overall Gross: $2.8 million

Look for a tough competition next week when The Final Destination, Halloween II, and Inglourious Basterds square off for the number one spot.

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  • People just don’t understand (500) Days of Summer, wouldn’t you agree? It’s not a romance, people! It’s a dark, sort-of-comedy-where-you-want-to-laugh-but-you-really-just-think-it’s-sad movie about a guy who is creepily obsessing over a girl that has moved on. I was sad too, that it didn’t become a sleeper, hit, but on the upside, Away We Go did! So yay for that.

  • I think that ‘(500) Days of Summer’ will become a big DVD hit. I think word of mouth among high school and college age students didn’t get around soon enough, but it really is a great movie and soon people will realize that.

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