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Makin’ Bank: Aug. 28-30- ‘Destination’ On Top

3D is going strong as evidenced by the estimated $28.3 million “The Final Destination” pulled in for Warner Bros. and New Line. Meanwhile The Weinstein Co.’s “Inglourious Basterds” held its own in second place with a weekend tally of $20 million flat and a fall of 47%, bringing its domestic cume to $73.8 million. In third place was rocker-turned-director Rob Zombie’s “Halloween II” with a tally of $17.4 million, also for The Weinstein Co.

For more on how the weekend broke down, hit the jump.

The big battle this weekend, if you want to call it that, was whether “Destination” or “Halloween II” would prevail. With the addition of the higher price of 3D adding to the “Destination” tally, a clear victory can be called.

However, considering the estimated $18 million budget for H2, the initial box office total should prove to be a positive.

In fourth place was “District 9” with $10.7 million, bringing Neil Blomkamp’s directorial debut to a domestic cume of $90.8 million. Fifth place was taken by “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” with $8 million even.

Meanwhile, Focus Features’ “Taking Woodstock” proved a mild disappointment with a $3.7 million weekend total, good for ninth place. One positive of this total was a per theater average of $2,691 in its modest 1,393 theater run.

Overall I’m glad that “Basterds” continued to do well. I find it somewhat disappointing that the horror duo did so well. So far “Destination” has a 30% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes while “Halloween II” has a 22% rating. Both are poor ratings but expected, at least by myself. The fresh rating on RT isn’t the lone indicator of the quality of the film, but it does generally tell the quality of the film in question.

The top five for the weekend are as follows:

1.  “The Final Destination”: $28,335,000 total; 3,121 theaters; $9,079 per theater avg.

2.  “Inglourious Basterds”: $20,041,00 total: 3,165 theaters; $6,332 per theater avg.

3. “Halloween 2”: $17,405,000 total; 3,025 theaters; $5,754 per theater avg.

4. “District 9”: $10,700,000 total; $3,180 theaters; $3,365 per theater avg.

5. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”: $8,000,000 total; 3,467 theaters; $2,307 per theater avg.

-All numbers via BoxOffice.com

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