FINAL DESTINATION Takes Down Myers (Mania.com)

By:Jarrod Sarafin
Date: Sunday, August 30, 2009

 

With two horror movies debuting in theaters across the nation this weekend, along with the return of Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, it wasn’t a weekend for the squeamish moviegoer. On one side, the audience could partake in gruesome 3D visuals with Warner Bros. unleashing their sequel, The Final Destination. On the other side of the box office ring stood the return of Michael Myers with Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2.
So with the estimates in, who is the last killer standing? Death, Michael Myers or some Basterd?
Death, naturally.
Warner Bros. debuted the fourth installment in The Final Destination series on 3,121 theaters and with 3D ticket sales giving it a box office boost, the film scored $28.3 million in cash for its first three days of release. The debut has it averaging a respectable $9,079 per theater for audiences. As the film was reportedly produced for a price tag of only $40 million, the film’s successful debut has it well on its way to being another profitable horror adventure for the studio. The film is the series’ best opening bow to date.
Following in 2nd place is last week’s champion, Inglourious Basterds, which grabbed another $20.0 million over the weekend. With the film still showing on 3,165 theaters the latest numbers has it averaging $6,332 per showing. The weekend result also has the studio crossing their $70 mil budget with a domestic tally of $73.7 million. Tarantino’s film also ruled the oversea race by grabbing another $19.4 million for the weekend at 2,891 sites in 31 territories and raising its foreign gross to $59.1 million. When combined the film has a worldwide cume of $132.8 million after ten days of release.
Taking up the 3rd place spot is Dimension Film’s Halloween 2, with an opening tally of $17.4 million. Zombie’s sequel may not have debuted as well as his 2007 remake ($27 million) but that’s not stopping the Weinstein Company from being happy. With Zombie keeping the budget down to only $15 million, studio executives have already told the trades they’re impressed enough to greenlight production of Halloween 3D for release next summer. So, despite Zombie likely exiting, the franchise will continue.
Sony’s District 9 takes down the 4th place spot by taking in another $10.7 million on 3,180 theaters. The weekend estimates has it nearing the $100 mil mark with a current domestic gross of $90.8 million. The Neill Blomkamp film also has another $14.3 million from early oversea markets. Not bad for a film that reportedly only cost $30 million to produce.
And landing in 5th place is Paramount’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The Hasbro toy line adaptation shot up another $8.0 million at the box office this weekend to increase its total to $132.4 million. And with the studio seeing another $123.4 million from foreign territories the Joes have a worldwide cume of $255.8 million.
 

Rank
Movie
Weekend
Theaters
Average
Total
Budget
1
The Final Destination
$28.3 mil
3,121
$9,079
$28.3 mil
$40
2
Inglourious Basterds
$20.0 mil
3,165
$6,332
$73.7 mil
$70
3
Halloween 2
$17.4 mil
3,025
$5,754
$17.4 mil
$15
4
District 9
$10.7 mil
3,180
$3,365
$90.8 mil
$30
5
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
$8.0 mil
3,467
$2,307
$132.4 mil
$175
6
Julie & Julia
$7.4 mil
2,503
$2,956
$70.9 mil
$40
7
The Time Traveler’s Wife
$6.7 mil
2,961
$2,278
$48.1 mil
$39
8
Shorts
$4.8 mil
3,105
$1,568
$13.5 mil
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9
Taking Woodstock
$3.7 mil
1,393
$2,691
$3.7 mil
$29
10
G-Force
$2.8 mil
1,926
$1,477
$111.8 mil
$82

 
Here’s the top 10 worldwide grossing films of the summer
 
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Numbers:
Budget: $250 mil
Opening: $77.8 mil

Domestic: $294.4 mil
Foreign: $601.7 mil
Worldwide: $896.1 mil 
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $108.9 mil

Domestic: $398.8 mil
Foreign: $428.2 mil
Worldwide: $827.1 mil
 
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Numbers:
Budget: $90 mil
Opening: $41.6 mil

Domestic: $192.7 mil
Foreign: $619.7 mil
Worldwide: $812.4 mil
 
Angels & Demons Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $46.2 mil

Domestic: $133.3 mil
Foreign: $347.5 mil
Worldwide: $480.9 mil
 
Up Numbers:
Budget: $175 mil
Opening: $68.1 mil

Domestic: $288.8 mil
Foreign: $147.8 mil
Worldwide: $436.6 mil
 
The Hangover Numbers:
Budget: $35 mil
Opening: $44.9 mil

Domestic: $270.3 mil
Foreign: $152.7 mil
Worldwide: $423.0 mil
 
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Numbers
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $54.1 mil

Domestic: $176.2 mil
Foreign: $230.7 mil
Worldwide: $406.9 mil
 
Star Trek Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $75.2 mil

Domestic: $256.4 mil
Foreign: $125.9 mil
Worldwide: $382.4 mil
 
Terminator Salvation Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $42.5 mil

Domestic: $125.2 mil
Foreign: $244.2 mil
Worldwide: $369.4 mil    
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $85.0 mil

Domestic: $179.8 mil
Foreign: $185.2 mil
Worldwide: $365.0 mil
 
 
 
Friday September 4, 2009 Releases:
Gamer (2,300+)
All About Steve (2,000)
Extract (1,600)


Series: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Inglourious Basterds, District 9, G.I.Joe 2