Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who were presumably popping champagne bottles last week when their Inglourious Basterds opened well above industry forecasts, were given a fright this weekend as their Halloween II opened at the low end of expectations and landed in third place at the box office. The fright flick, which many industry observers had predicted would run neck-and-neck with The Final Destination , took in $17.4 million and was even beaten by Basterds, which took in $20.4 million in its second week, falling a moderate 47 percent. Destination was the clear winner with $28.3 million, its take boosted by premium pricing in 3D venues. (Although only 54 percent of the theaters showing it offered 3D, they accounted for more than 70 percent of the gross.) Harvey Weinstein told the Los Angeles Times that he thought the outcome was "inevitable and regrettable." The biggest disappointment of the weekend was Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock . Although analysts had forecast a modest opening of $5-10 million, it failed even to generate that amount of sales, coming in ninth with $3.7 million. One pleasant surprise was the strong showing of Julie & Julia , which fell just 15 percent in its fourth week. It placed sixth with $7.4 million, to bring its total to date to $71 million. Meanwhile, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince edged closer to the $300-million mark as it added another $1.7 million to its haul to bring its current domestic gross to $294.4 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo 1. The Final Destination , $28.3 million; 2. Inglourious Basterds , $20 million; 3. Halloween II , $17.4 million; 4. District 9, $10.7 million; 5. G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra , $8 million; 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; G-Force , $2.8 million.

31/08/2009