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Box Office Review: America Hates Hitler, Loves Basterds!

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Quentin Tarantino roared back into prominence as his World War Two revenge flick, Inglourious Basterds, uh, roared to the top of the weekend box office, earning a way-above expectations $37.2M. Last week's champ, District 9 had a reasonable hold and earned an additional $18.9M ($73.4M). After that it was the sort of okay G.I.Joe ($12.5M | $120.5M), the weepy Time Traveler's Wife ($10M | 37.4M) and the winning Julie & Julia ($9M | $59.2M). Kids commanded the next three slots: the lame Shorts debuted to $6.6M followed by the odd G-Force ($4.2M | $107.3M) and the super Harry Potter 6: Harry Battles Voldemort! ($3.5M | $290.2M)

Kathy Heigl's The Ugly Truth continued to make an unconscionable amount of money ($2.8M | $82.8M) while Alexis Bledel's Post Grad deservedly tanked in its opening frame ($2.8M). In a failed experiment, XGames 3D: The Movie earned a scant $800,000 in over a thousand theaters (e.g. not good). The limited release crowd was led somewhat surprisingly by My One and Only (a strong $15,175 per theater). Liam Neeson's sturdier Five Minutes of Heaven didn't fare nearly so well ($5,200) though it was much stronger than Casi Divas ($1,232) which seemed to thoroughly mystify American audiences.