Score a personal best at the box office for Quentin Tarantino this weekend. Inglourious Basterds, his revisionist take on WWII starring Brad Pitt, grossed an estimated $37.6 million, besting the reigning box office champ District 9, and giving beleaguered studio The Weinstein Co. a little financial relief. Basterds' opening far surpasses Tarantino's previous best opener, Kill Bill Vol. 2, which brought in $25 million in April 2004. The critical question now is how Basterds will hold up during the next few weeks. Since Weinstein only has domestic rights to the movie-Universal Pictures holds international- large overall gross stateside is mandatory for the company.
Warner Bros. had a much harder time with its release Shorts from auteur Robert Rodriguez. Opening to only $6.6 million, the PG-rated kid flick landed in a weak 6th place finish for its opening frame. The only other new release to reach the top ten was Fox Searchlight's post-college flick Post Grad starring Alexis Bledel. Despite opening in 1,959 locations, the film grossed only an estimated $2.8 million for the three days.
Among holdovers. District 9 did incredibly well considering Basterds was angling directly for its male audience. The $30 million sci-fi movie from newcomer Neil Blomkamp dropped a scant 49% to $18.9 million putting its total ten day gross at an impressive $73 million. G.I. Joe also hung in for its third week in theaters. The high-octane actioner fell only 44% to $12.5 million. It's three-week cume now stands at $120 million. Female moviegoers helped keep The Time Traveler's Wife and Julie & Julia in the top five. Time Traveler dropped only 46% to $10 million its second week putting its ten-day gross at $37.4 million while Julie & Julia fell only 25%, which is remarkable considering the movie is in its third week of release. Grossing $9 million for the three days, the Meryl Streep, Amy Adams two-hander has now earned $59 million total.