'Inglourious Basterds' rules the weekend box office

Inglourious-Basterds_l-1Score a personal best at the box office for Quentin Tarantino this weekend. Inglourious Basterds, his revisionist take on WWII starring Brad Pitt, grossed an estimated $37.6 million, besting the reigning box office champ District 9, and giving beleaguered studio The Weinstein Co. a little financial relief. Basterds‘ opening far surpasses Tarantino’s previous best opener, Kill Bill Vol. 2, which brought in $25 million in April 2004. The critical question now is how Basterds will hold up during the next few weeks. Since Weinstein only has domestic rights to the movie–Universal Pictures holds international–a large overall gross stateside is mandatory for the company.

Warner Bros. had a much harder time with its release Shorts from auteur Robert Rodriguez. Opening to only $6.6 million, the PG-rated kid flick landed in a weak 6th place finish for its opening frame. The only other new release to reach the top ten was Fox Searchlight’s post-college flick Post Grad starring Alexis Bledel. Despite opening in 1,959 locations, the film grossed only an estimated $2.8 million for the three days.

Among holdovers. District 9 did incredibly well considering Basterds was angling directly for its male audience. The $30 million sci-fi movie from newcomer Neil Blomkamp dropped a scant 49% to $18.9 million putting its total ten day gross at an impressive $73 million. G.I. Joe also hung in for its third week in theaters. The high-octane actioner fell only 44% to $12.5 million. It’s three-week cume now stands at $120 million. Female moviegoers helped keep The Time Traveler’s Wife and Julie & Julia in the top five. Time Traveler dropped only 46% to $10 million its second week putting its ten-day gross at $37.4 million while Julie & Julia fell only 25%, which is remarkable considering the movie is in its third week of release. Grossing $9 million for the three days, the Meryl Streep, Amy Adams two-hander has now earned $59 million total.

Thanks to the strong opening of Basterds and the solid hold of the incumbent films, the box office was up 26% compared to the same time last year. It’s the third week in a row the box office was up after four weekends of unimpressive results. Next weekend’s horror mash-up of Halloween II and The Final Destination 3-D should yield some positive results too.

More on Inglourious Basterds and Quentin Tarantino from EW:
Inglourious Basterds: the EW Review
Inglourious Basterds leads Friday box office: $14.3M
Quentin Tarantino: 20 Movies — and Posters — You’ve Got to See
Quentin Tarantino: 5 stamps he’s left on Hollywood
Inglourious Basterds: Playing ‘Spot the Reference’
Quentin Tarantino and the Original Inglorious Bastards
Quentin Tarantino: EW’s Trivia Quiz

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  • jon

    why do critics hate this movie? i cant hardly read one bad review about it from the real audience. Maybe I should go see this film too.

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  • maskedavenger

    Go District 9. Best. Move. OF. The. Year.

  • Alex S.

    Critics don’t hate “Inglourious Basterds.” Despite all the seemingly lukewarm reception from Cannes, Rotten Tomatoes has the film at 87%. Compare that to “District 9″‘s 89%, and I’d say QT’s got a glorious winner. Especially because he’s a polarizing figure, and many critics hate QT for being QT.

    Despite the hard-on EW has for “D9,” “Basterds” is a better film, and my movie of the summer (“D9″ does come in at #2…). SEE THIS NOW!

  • Chris

    It’s time for Brad Pitt to retire. It’s no longer about the actor anymore, just the celebrity.

    • NYCGAL328

      HE IS A GREAT ACTOR! IT IS AN AWESOME MOVIE AS WELL AS EVERY ACTOR IN THE MOVIE. YOU NEED TO RETIRE FROM BLOGGING!

      • stella

        girl, what is wrong with you?

    • ha

      Brad Pitt has been in several really good movies. Every time I get sick of seeing his face plastered all over tabloids, I forgive him after seeing “Fight Club” or “Se7en” or now “Inglorious Basterds”.

  • emile

    This movie needs a 10 second frame at the start and end saying “Story is loosely based on history and is not factual in any way” then you can leave if you don’t want to watch a made up story. This movie is an insult to all the people who fought in WW2 and it is insulting to all the victims of that war and the real atrocities. Brad Pitt should be ashamed. Tarantino has no shame anyway.

    • streve

      the begining of the movie says “once upon a time” if you can’t figure out what that means by yourself, its your own fault

    • t3hdow

      Funny. I didn’t think that step was necessary, seeing how much of a loose take Inglorious Basterds is towards WWII. You even said yourself how made up Inglorious felt. Uh, don’t you think that should clue you in on how exaggerated and cartoonish Tarantino’s film is?

    • Q

      Did you see some of the WWII movies that came out DURING the war? Many of them were propaganda and had little basis to what was really going on. All movies, even ones based on facts, have artistic license.

    • bag189

      The moive starts with the phrase “once upon a time” what else do you want?

    • Quit being Ignorant

      Emile…you make yourself sound like a complete idiot. If you went and saw this film AND PAID MONEY, you should have understood it was FICTION!! I actually watched this movie next to someone who wasnt too unlike yourself and it was amusing watching him get soo upset over a MOVIE!! This wasnt supposed to be in the same vein as Platoon or Saving Private Ryan!! Wow!! The Pussification of America continues…

    • Wendy

      Loved the movie. Pitt was great as was the rest of the cast. Did you think it was a documentary? If not, lighten up and enjoy a good movie without the bitterness.

  • PNK

    Just saw “Basterds,” – good flick! And per ratings, I read 4 good reviews and 1 poor one. So critics seems to like it from my reading. I think the story was brilliant, now going to read up on it compared to the 70′s Glorious B’ds film to see what the two storylines are about. Anyway, it was super! And lots of folks at a noon-Sunday showing, yay!

  • Nathan

    oh emile, shut the f**k up, I think it’s you who is the insult…to creative storytelling.

  • Twist

    Brad Pitt Forever! Quentin Tarantino Forever! Really.

  • Al

    49 percent isn’t a scant drop. That’s a large drop, or at least a normal one, not a “scant” drop.

  • Travis

    Inglourious Basterds definitely kicked ass!!!

    I hope that Halloween II will do well in the box office next weekend. I loved the trailer for the film.

  • Quentin is Brilliant

    Inglorious Bastards was awesome! An open mind, not someone watching the film looking to critique every minute, is one that will enjoy this movie.most CRITICS ARE MORONS!!

  • moviegoer

    I don’t ever want to witness anyone getting scalped or being beaten with a baseball bat…period! And…isn’t there enough violence in the world already?

  • Curt Christiansen

    Did anyone notice that by the end of the movie Brad’s character began talking similar to Billy Bob’s (Jolie’s ex) Slingblade character?

  • Wendy

    I saw it this weekend..mid day.. theater packed to capacity. It was fantastic. But you need to be a movie lover, able to read subtitles and understand that any tale that begins with Once Upon a Time.. is a fantasy/fairy tale.

    And the 13 critics used regularly on yahoo averaged it at an A- .. so the “critics” are not overwhelmingly panning it. And the critics on rotten are rating it 87% Fresh.. So check the haters at the door! This movie is the biggest opening for QT ever and a hit!

    And for those complaining about not enough Basterds.. look for the prequel to fill in the missing 4 years of mayhem.

  • Tiny Village Hack

    Vaild stuff indeed – it helped me a lot.

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