Few films in recent memory have generated as much pre-release speculation as Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”. Not only did the director suffer a series of derisive early reviews for his seventh feature, but his film’s commercial prospects also became inextricably linked to the very survival of the studio that nurtured him – The Weinstein Company. So how did it all play out? Let’s put it this way: we’ll probably have Harvey Weinstein to kick around for many years to come. “Inglourious Basterds” scored the highest opening ever for a Tarantino flick – an estimated $14.3 million from 3,165 dates – and now charts as the second-highest R-rated August debut (usurping last week’s “District 9”). Check back tomorrow for more on “Basterds” and the week’s other box office happenings.
|4||Time Traveler’s Wife||$3,300,000||$30,700,000|
|5||Julie & Julia||$2,600,000||$52,900,000|