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Box Office Beat Down: Inglourious Basterds Slays the Box Office Competition with $37.6 Million

Weekend Box Office:

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 - $10.02 million

5) Julie & Julia - $9 million

6) Shorts - $6.6 million

7) G-Force - $4.2 million

8) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $3.5 million

9) The Ugly Truth - $2.85 million

10) Post Grad - $2.8 million

Business was a-boomin for Quentin Tarantino's two-and-a-half-hour war film in its opening weekend. Inglourious Basterds had no trouble taking the top spot at the box office with an impressive $37.6 million estimated take in its opening weekend. The film was showing in 3,165 theaters and scored a hefty $11,881 per-screen average. The film earned just over half of its $70 million budget in its first weekend in theaters and, with the summer season winding down, it should do healthy business in the fall season.

Some holdovers showed some promising endurance this week as well, with District 9 taking second place with an estimated $18.9 million,
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Inglourious Basterds Dominates Box Office

Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" took first place at the domestic box office this weekend by grossing around $38 million. This is the biggest Tarantino opening by far, beating "Kill Bill Vol 2," which bowed to $25 million back in 2004. At the worldwide box office, "Basterds" took in a total of $65 million, almost making back its $70 million budget. "District 9" finished in second place after falling just 49% in its second week to $18.9 million and a 10-day total of $73.5 million. The film cost only $30 million to produce. The weekend's other three wide openers bowed softly. Robert Rodriguez's PG-rated family fantasy "Shorts" brought in $6.6 million and ended up taking sixth place; Fox Searchlight's comedy "Post Grad" earned $2.8 million and took 10th place; Disney's sports documentary "X Games 3D: The Movie" -- slotted for one week only in 1,399 3-D venues -- brought in just $800,000. Click here to read our "Inglourious Basterds" review.
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Box Office Results: Basterds Glourious

Title Weekend Total Analysis Inglourious Basterds $37.6M $37.6M Tarantino/Pitt pic exceeds expectations and possibly saves A-List stars' paychecks in process. District 9 $18.9M 73.5M Add District 9 to the list of 2009 box office surprises as it continues charge to $100M. G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra $12.5M $120.5M Struggling to recoup its $175M budget. The Time Traveler's Wife $10.M $37.4M Critics trashed this movie but those seeking romance still turned out anyhow. Julie and Julia $9.90M $59.3M Cooking drama hanging surprisingly tough in 3rd week.

Bomb of the Week: This week's winner is X Games 3D: The Movie. The 90-minute advertisement for Espn's X-Games was hard-core avoided by moviegoers as it earned just $572/screen, one of the worst averages for any new release all year.

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Inglourious Basterds
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'Basterds' wins weekend

'Basterds' wins weekend
Quentin Tarantino's World War II actioner "Inglourious Basterds," a pivotal Weinstein Co. release starring Brad Pitt, debuted gloriously during the weekend with an estimated $37.6 million in chart-topping boxoffice.

"Basterds" is touted by some as a make-or-break film for the recently struggling indie, even though Universal is distributing the film internationally and will share evenly in any worldwide profit. Sony's sci-fi thriller "District 9" finished second after falling just 49% in its sophomore session to $18.9 million and a 10-day cume of $73.5 million.

The weekend's other three wide openers bowed softly. Robert Rodriguez's PG-rated family fantasy "Shorts" from Warner Bros. rung up $6.6 million for sixth place; Fox Searchlight's comedy "Post Grad" registered $2.8 million in 10th, and Disney's sports documentary "X Games 3D: The Movie" -- slotted for one week only in 1,399 extra-dimensional venues -- fetched just $800,000.

Among other second-frame holdovers, Warners' literary adaptation "The Time Traveler's Wife" fell a modest 46% to
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'Basterds' leads boxoffice Friday

'Basterds' leads boxoffice Friday
World War II action drama “Inglourious Basterds” strutted into the marketplace like a theatrical blue blood Friday, registering an estimated $14.3 million on just its first day in release.

The Weinstein Co.-distributed Brad Pitt starrer now seems a lock to gross more than $30 million through the weekend--much more if its first-day momentum holds.

“Basterds” was directed by Quentin Tarantino, who brings his typically gore-filled perspective to a story about a fictional band of Jewish-American soldiers fighting in Nazi-occupied France.

The “Basterds” release has drawn particularly close scrutiny due to conventional wisdom that the Weinsteins need the film to succeed in order to maintain a firm fiscal footing with their company. Execs insist any financial concerns have been exaggerated.

Sony’s scifi actioner “District 9” was the second-highest Friday grosser with $5.5 million, or 61% less than on the same day a week earlier. That gave the Peter Jackson-produced pic an eight-day cume of $60.1 million.
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Tons of clips in from Disney's X Games 3D: The Movie

We have new clips in from the "X Games 3D" The Movie" documentary from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film is written by Steve Lawrence who writes alongside Greg Jennings. Included in the film are Bob Burnquist (Skateboard), Ricky Carmichael (Moto X), Kyle Loza (Moto X), Travis Pastrana (Moto X, Rally Car Racing), Danny Way (Skateboard) and Shaun White (Skateboard, Snowboard). Disney releases this on August 21, 2009 for a limited one-week theatrical run.
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