Final weekend box-office results came in somewhat below the studios' weekend estimates, with The Final Destination landing in first place with $27.4 million. Halloween 2 , which had been expected to run neck-and-neck with Destination , placed third with $16.3 million. Many analysts attributed the wide-gap to the premium ticket pricing for 3-D screenings of Destination. Taking second place was Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds , which dropped a modest 49 percent to $19.3 million. Overall, the box office produced its best results ever for the last weekend of August and was up 27 percent from the comparable weekend a year ago.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1 . The Final Destination , Warner Bros., $27,408,309, (New); 2. Inglourious Basterds, Weinstein Co. $19,303,653, 2 Wks. ($73,022,841); 3. Halloween I I, Weinstein Co. $16,349,565, (New); 4. District 9, Sony/Tri-Star, $10,270,435, 3 Wks. ($90,338,712); 5. G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra, Paramount, $7,715,572, 4 Wks. ($132,151,954); 6. Julie & Julia, Sony, $7,035,435, 2 Wks. ($70,628,063); 7. The Time Traveler's Wife, Warner Bros., $6,452,270, 3 Wks. ($47,900,418); 8. Shorts , Warner Bros., $4,511,345, 2 Wks. ($13,206,697); 9. Taking Woodstock, Focus, $3,457,760, (New); 10. G-Force , Disney, $2,824,808, 6 Wks. ($111,780,350).

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