In a neck-and-neck race at the Friday box office, horror holdover The Final Destination (No. 1, $3.58 million) narrowly edged out Sandra Bullock’s All About Steve (No. 2, $3.57 million) to take the lead at the beginning of Labor Day weekend. But the win might be short-lived: Horror movies traditionally play strongest at the start of a weekend, while a female-focused pic like Steve has a better shot of wooing daytime audiences on Saturday and Sunday—and in this case, Monday, too. Third place went to the sci-fi action pic Gamer, starring Gerard Butler, which took a lukewarm $3.3 million. Still going strong thanks to good buzz, Inglourious Basterds (No. 4, $3 million) and District 9 (No. 5, $1.75 million) rounded out the top five, while the weekend’s other wide release, Extract, only managed $1.4 million for seventh place. Be sure to check back tomorrow for three-day estimates, and again on Monday for the final Labor Day numbers.
1. The Final Destination — $3.58 million
2. All About Steve — $3.57 million
3. Gamer — $3.3 million
4. Inglourious Basterds — $3 million
5. District 9 — $1.75 million
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