1. "District 9" ($37 million)
2. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" ($22.5 million)
3. "The Time Traveler's Wife" ($19.2 million)
4. "Julie & Julia" ($12.4 million)
5. "G-Force" ($6.9 million)
Given its strong opening day of $14.2 million and a Saturday take of $12.6 million, it's hardly surprising to hear that "District 9" finished its first weekend on top of the box office. What is surprising is that "District 9" is on track to make $37 million by Sunday's end, meaning that the alien-centric film has already surpassed its budget costs by $7 million. According to Deadline Hollywood Daily, the results surpassed rival studios' expectations of the film, thanks largely to good word of mouth and grassroots marketing from producer Peter Jackson, director Neill Blomkamp and the rest of the "District 9" team.
Still, the South Africa-set science fiction film isn't the only surprise story this weekend. As of Friday evening, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" was fighting an uphill battle at the box office, looking to finish the weekend in third place with $22.5 million. A surging Saturday intake of $8.9 million allowed "G.I. Joe" to hit that mark, solidifying itself as the second place finisher behind "District 9." The film is currently sitting at $98.7 million domestically.
The outlook isn't as sunny for "The Time Traveler's Wife," which was on track for a $22 million weekend as of Friday. While that number was already short of initial studio estimates of $25 million, at least it would secure the second place spot. But that consolation prize is now off the table as the Eric Bana-starring film slipped into third place for a weekend gross of $19.2 million.
"Julie & Julia" performed as expected, taking in $4.8 million on Saturday for a gross of $12.2 million this weekend. The film's cumulative box office total is $43.6 million since last weekend's debut.
"The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard," meanwhile, failed to deliver the goods in its opening weekend. The Jeremy Piven-starring comedy finished in sixth place behind "G-Force," which took in $6.9 million this weekend. "The Goods" only managed to make $5.3 million in just under 2,000 different locations.
Did you catch "District 9," "The Time Traveler's Wife" or "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" this weekend? If so, what'd you think? Let us know in the comments section or on Twitter!