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The Final Destination 3D Defeats Halloween II

As expected, the Final Destination's franchise longevity, audience goodwill, and 3D gimmick overpowered the grim, painful, and much-distrusted Halloween II. Both had rock-solid openings and both lost out on about $7 million apiece by choosing to open on the same day. The Final Destination (2009) opened to $28.3 million, but surely could have reached $35 million without the direct competition. Halloween II pulled in $17.4 million but could have easily approached $25 million on a different weekend. I've heard any number of excuses (Warner scheduled early to reserve 3D theaters, Weinstein didn't want to delay in case Inglourious Basterds bombed and the company went under), but this is one of the stupidest scheduling jobs that I've ever witnessed.

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