Weekend Box Office:
1) District 9 - $37 million
2) G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - $22.5 million
3) The Time Traveler's Wife - $19.2 million
4) Julie & Julia - $12.5 million
5) G-Force - $6.9 million
6) The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard - $5.3 million
7) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - $5.1 million
8) The Ugly Truth - $4.5 million
9) Ponyo - $3.5 million
10) (500) Days of Summer - $3.02 million
With an amazing critical reception at its back, the humans and non-humans of District 9 ran roughshod over its box office competitors this week, taking in an estimated $37 million in its first weekend of release. Director Neill Blomkamp's $30 million film debut has already made its budget back in the first three days and it will be interesting to see if the film drops off much in its second weekend, with such great word-of-mouth and critical praise.
Last weekend's big winner had a pretty big drop-off in its second week in theaters. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra took second place with an estimated $22.5 million, a 58.9% drop from last weekend's $56.2 million take. The Time Traveler's Wife, the film adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's best-selling book, did solid biz in third place with $19.2 million, but the rest of the newcomers this week didn't fare that well at all.
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard came in sixth place with $5.3 million, but this R-rated comedy was only given a modest rollout of 1,838 theaters. The lauded animator Hayao Miyazaki's new film Ponyo took ninth place with just $3.5 million, although it was only screening in 927 theaters. Both films still managed to outdo the teeny-bopper flick Bandslam, which took 13th place with $2.2 million from 2,121 theaters for a dismal per-screen average of $1,061. A new documentary made some noise in limited release, though, with It Might Get Loud taking in $101,000 from just 7 theaters, for an impressive $14,429 per-screen average.
Next week brings us Quentin Tarantino's World War II masterpiece Inglourious Basterds along with Robert Rodriguez's kids film Shorts and Alexis Bleidel's Post Grad in wide release. Be sure to stop by next week to see how District 9 fares against this diverse competition.