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Weekend Estimates: Final Destination Tops R-Rated Weekend

August 30th, 2009

The Final Destination won a big victory at the box office this weekend, according to studio estimates, in a chart dominated by R-rated releases. The horror movie benefited from 3D presentations (which accounted for about 75% of its total box office) to earn $28.3 million, according to Warner Bros. Halloween 2 ended up well back, with $17.4 million, which was only enough to leave it in third place behind the second weekend of Inglourious Basterds. Basterds was off about 47% from its opening at $20 million.

The weekend's other new wide release, Taking Woodstock didn't fair so well, earning $3.75 million from 1,393 theaters to finish ninth.

In limited release, The September Issue had a fantastic opening weekend for Roadside Attractions, earning $240,000 in just six theaters. My One and Only continued to perform well for Freestyle, earning $86,570 in 10 theaters as it begins a steady expansion.

Good word of mouth and a generally buoyant market helped several movies this weekend. Julie & Julia fell only 16% in its fourth weekend. Shorts was off just 24% in its second weekend, which unfortunately probably won't be enough to save its theatrical run but might bode well for good sales on DVD. (500) Days of Summer was down just 9%, and The Hangover declined just 2% in its (lucky) 13th weekend in release.

- Weekend Estimates

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