Weekend Box Office Recap

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Just because a film is #1 doesnt mean its any good.

Case in point: This week's top spot goes to "The Final Destination." With its Rube Goldberg-esque variations on people dying big bloody deaths, most reviews for the film are monumentally bad. But hey, its in 3D so you can watch entrails fly out of the screen at you. Yippee. And thus, shlocky gimmicks win the weekend.

Kudos to you, New Line Cinema. You suckered audiences into seeing the same tired crap you've done three times before. Bravo.

Meanwhile, Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds" drops 47% from its opening bow to take in $20 million in its second frame.

The ongoing saga of Michael Meyers and the recently rebooted Halloween franchise came in third place, bringing in $17 million.

And the other newcommer, Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock" opened to lackluster numbers, due in no small part to lukewarm early reviews. Jason McKiernan from Filmcritic.com describes the film as, "a limp attempt to stage a story around the most historic concert ever and then treat the concert as a background echo to the predictable melodrama on center stage. "

Here's the top ten from the weekend according to studio estimates on Sunday:

1 (new) The Final Destination $28,335,000
2 (1) Inglourious Basterds $20,041,000
3 (new) Halloween 2 $17,405,000
4 (2) District 9 $10,700,000
5 (3) G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra $8,000,000
6 (5) Julie & Julia $7,400,000
7 (4) The Time Traveler's Wife $6,745,000
8 (6) Shorts $4,870,000
9 (new) Taking Woodstock $3,748,896

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