Despite a moviegoing weekend dominated by R-rated violent thriller-type films ostensibly shooting for the same audience, The Final Destination (2009) scared up $28.3 million for an easy No. 1 berth, according to early estimates from Hollywood.com Box Office. Although just over half its 3,121 theaters were screening the flick in 3-D, fully 70 percent of its box office take came from 3-D theaters. And theaters typically charge an extra few bucks per ticket for the privilege of watching the film with those comfy stereoscopic glasses. Rest assured, despite its title (and its abysmal C CinemaScore grade), this is by no means the final Final Destination movie.
Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds landed at No. 2 with a rather spectacular $20 million, just 47 percent down from its opening weekend; the film's cumulative total is $73.7 million. TWC's sister company Dimension Films, however, saw its Halloween II open to a disappointing third with $17.4 million.
The box office love continued through much of the weekend's top 10: District 9 dropped just 41 percent with $10.7 million, strong enough to hold on to fourth place and, with a $90.8 mil running total, well on its way to joining the $100 million club. At No. 5, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra banged out $8 million, a 34 percent drop and $132 million total.
Rounding out the top 10:
6. Julie & Julia - $7.4 million
7. The Time Traveler's Wife - $ 6.7 million
8. Shorts - $4.9 million
9. Taking Woodstock - $3.7 million
10. G-Force - $2.8 million