Monday, September 07, 2009

Box Office Report: 'Final Destination' surprises, takes in more than $15 millon, stays number one!

I would have bet money on All About Steve, starring the King and Queen of this summer's box office, Bradley Cooper and Sandra Bullock, to open at number one. Afterall, Bullock's The Proposal has earned over $250 million worldwide, to date, and Coop's The Hangover has raked in an incredible $400 million! However, the number one spot was not to be the final destination for All About Steve.

Who would have thought that: a) The Final Destination would stay number one; b) Inglorious Basterds would still have legs; and c) that Coop and Sandy got more game than Gerard Butler?

Action films like Gamer, starring Gerard Butler, are often critic-proof and open at number one. But not this week. The film received very poor reviews as critic Joe Neumaier writes:

There’s plenty of violence, but the movie’s already-passe fear of a Web-based world is standard-issue. Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who did the manic Crank, bring their ADD style to this, but what the movie needs more than anything else is a fast-forward button.


AP reports:
Movie audiences are continuing to visit "The Final Destination" as the fright flick took in $15.4 million over the four-day Labor Day weekend to remain the No. 1 box-office draw, according to studio estimates Monday. Released by Warner Bros., "The Final Destination" raised its 11-day total to $50.6 million. Quentin Tarantino's World War II epic "Inglourious Basterds" ran a close second with $15 million from Friday to Monday. Debuting at No. 3 with $13.9 million was 20th Century Fox's romantic comedy "All About Steve," starring Sandra Bullock on a cross-country trek pursuing the man of her dreams. Among the weekend's other new releases was Lionsgate's thriller "Gamer," which pulled in $11.2 million to finish at No. 4. "Gamer" stars Gerard Butler in a tale about real humans controlled by players in deadly games.

Weekend Box Office:

1. "The Final Destination," $15.4 million.
2. "Inglourious Basterds," $15 million.
3. "All About Steve," $13.9 million.
4. "Gamer," $11.2 million.
5. "District 9," $9 million.
6. "Halloween II," $7.1 million.
7. "Julie & Julia," $7 million.
8. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," $6.7 million.
9. "The Time Traveler's Wife," $5.5 million.
10. "Extract," $5.3 million.

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