2. “Inglourious Basterds” ($19.5 million)
3. “Halloween II” ($17 million)
4. “District 9” ($10.7 million)
5. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” ($8 million)
Based on the results of the Saturday Box Office Report, it was already clear that the slow-moving, knife-wielding terror of Michael Myers was no match for the elaborate deaths of “The Final Destination.” What wasn’t clear at the time was that Myers had another enemy to worry about — and that enemy wants his scalp.
With “The Final Destination” already securing first place with a $28.3 million weekend intake, the road was clear for “Halloween II,” the weekend’s other big debut, to take the silver medal. But the Quentin Tarantino-directed “Inglourious Basterds” snuck past it and took its place with all the ruthless stealth you’d expect from the Brad Pitt-led soldiers. Tarantino’s World War II epic earned $19.5 million this weekend for a cumulative total of $73.2 million. “Halloween II” earned just $17 million from Friday to Sunday, making it the third place finisher.
While the surprise Hail Mary from “Inglourious Basterds” is a boon for the Tarantino film, the relative disappointment of “Halloween II” isn’t great news for The Weinstein Company. Both “Basterds” and the Rob Zombie-directed film come from TWC, a company that’s currently in financial dire straits — the situation is so bad, Deadline Hollywood Daily points out, that The Weinstein Company “couldn’t even hold ’Halloween II’ until October.” How the disappointing weekend opener of Zombie’s frightfest will effect the studio remains to be seen.
The remainder of this weekend’s releases played out as expected, with “District 9″ in fourth place and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” in fifth, bringing the cumulative totals for both films to $90.8 million and $132.4 million, respectively. At its current intake, “District 9″ has raked in $60 million more than it cost to shoot the film in the first place, which is a fantastic result for the Peter Jackson-produced movie. The real American heroes, on the other hand, look to be struggling to meet Paramount’s projected $300 million mark — but hey, that’s what the action figures are for!
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