Tarantino’s Basterds Dominate World Box Office

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The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds dominated the weekend box office, earning an estimated $37.6 million domestically and $27.5 million internationally for a worldwide debut of $65.1 million. It’s the biggest Tarantino opening ever at the domestic box office, beating Kill Bill Vol. 2‘s $25.1 million in 2004. “Basterds,” which cost about $70 million to make, provided a much-needed boost for struggling domestic distributor The Weinstein Company, which co-financed the film with international distributor Universal Pictures.

The Neill Blomkamp-directed District 9 dropped 49.4% in its second weekend and to second place with another $18.9 million. Produced by Peter Jackson, the TriStar Pictures release has reached $73.5 million. It was produced for just $30 million.

Also dropping a spot to third was Stephen Sommers’ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which added $12.5 million for a three-week total of $120.5 million. Paramount made the big screen adaptation for about $175 million.

Fourth place belonged to New Line/WB’s The Time Traveler’s Wife. Starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, the adaptation of the book earned $10 million in its second weekend for a total of $37.4 million.

Columbia Pictures’ Julie & Julia, with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, rounded out the top five with $9 million. After three weeks in theaters, the biopic has collected $59.3 million.

The other two new wide releases opened in sixth and 10th place – Robert Rodriguez’s Shorts earned $6.6 million from 3,105 theaters, an average of $2,126 per site, while Alexis Bledel-starrer Post Grad earned just $2.8 million from 1,959 theaters, an average of $1,429.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.