Friday Box Office – Tarantino Scores his Biggest Opening To Date with INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

     August 22, 2009


Few films in recent memory have generated as much pre-release speculation as Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”.  Not only did the director suffer a series of derisive early reviews for his seventh feature, but his film’s commercial prospects also became inextricably linked to the very survival of the studio that nurtured him – The Weinstein Company.  So how did it all play out?  Let’s put it this way: we’ll probably have Harvey Weinstein to kick around for many years to come.  “Inglourious Basterds” scored the highest opening ever for a Tarantino flick – an estimated $14.3 million from 3,165 dates – and now charts as the second-highest R-rated August debut (usurping last week’s “District 9”).  Check back tomorrow for more on “Basterds” and the week’s other box office happenings.

Title Friday Total
1 Inglourious Basterds $14,300,000 $14,300,000
2 District 9 $5,500,000 $60,100,000
3 GI Joe $3,600,000 $111,600,000
4 Time Traveler’s Wife $3,300,000 $30,700,000
5 Julie & Julia $2,600,000 $52,900,000

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