Box Office Review: America Hates Hitler, Loves Basterds!
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.