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Arts and Entertainment

Box Office Review: Crappy Horror Reigns!

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Millions of moronic teenagers pushed The Final Destination to the top of the weekend box-office chart as it snagged a richly undeserved $28.3M (largely due to the inflated price of tickets to the 3D showings). Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds managed to hold onto second place despite forecasts to the contrary ($20M | $73.8M). In a bit of good news, the worthless Halloween II came in below expectations ($17.4M). Surprise hit District 9 continued to perform well ($10.7M | $90.8M) while G.I. Joe rounded out the top 5 ($8M | $132M).

Julie & Julia enjoyed a resilient fourth week ($7.4M | $71M) as did The Time Traveler's Wife ($6.7M | $48.2M). After that it was the stupid Shorts ($4.9M | $13.6M), the financially disappointing (though quite good) Taking Woodstock ($3.8M) and the, uh, stupid G-Force ($2.9M | $112M). In limited release, The September Issue opened to huge numbers as it averaged $40,013 per theater. Who knew Anna Wintour had so many fans? The Baader Meinhof Complex ($10,666) and Big Fan ($13,025) also debuted to excellent business.