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Box Score: The Final Destination reached first place with $28 million

The box office battle of horror sequels was won by The Final Destination [FDES4] with an estimated $28.3 million weekend.  The opening is a franchise best for Warner Bros. Halloween 2 [H2] meanwhile debuted in third place with $17.4 million.  The Final Destination was helped in part by 3D showings, which costs a few dollars more than normal screens.  Faced with a choice, more moviegoers opted for the fresher material.   While Halloween 2 is a direct sequel to a remake of a well-worn franchise, The Final Destination invents new ways in which death stalks a new cast in creative fashions.

Last weekend’s top film Inglourious Basterds [BSTRD] finished second with $20 million.  The modest 47% decline indicates that the World War II action fantasy is enjoying solid word of mouth from the more discriminating adult moviegoers.  Inglourious Basterds has already bagged $73.7 million in 10 days. 

District 9 [DIST9] is also enjoying box office legs during dog days of summer.  The sci-fi actioner rounded up $10.7 million to bring its cumulative total to over $90 million.

The weekend’s third new wide release, Taking Woodstock [WDSTK] charted at ninth with a soft $3.7 million opening.  Directed by Ang Lee [ALEE], the comedy about putting together the legendary 1969 music festival did not receive good reviews.

 

 

Rank TITLE F-S-S TOTAL
1 THE FINAL DESTINATION $28,335,000 $28,335,000
2 INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS $20,041,000 $73,760,000
3 HALLOWEEN 2 $17,405,000 $17,405,000
4 DISTRICT 9 $10,700,000 $90,813,000
5 G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA $8,000,000 $132,436,000
6 JULIE & JULIA $7,400,000 $70,992,000
7 THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE $6,745,000 $48,193,000
8 SHORTS $4,870,000 $13,565,000
9 TAKING WOODSTOCK $3,748,896 $3,748,896
10 G-FORCE $2,845,000 $111,801,000

 

Source: Exhibitor Relations Co.



Tag(s): FDES4, H2, BSTRD, DIST9, WDSTK, ALEE

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By Antibody on Sunday, August 30, 2009 @ 11:13 AM 2370 views

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