Friday Box Office – THE FINAL DESTINATION Barely Edges Out ALL ABOUT STEVE to Start the Labor Day Weekend

     September 5, 2009

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Last weekend I was debating which of Labor Day’s new releases would take the top spot during summer’s big finish: “Gamer” or “All About Steve”.  The four day box-office period is not traditionally a big money maker for the studios which is why films like “Steve” (delayed since last March) and “Gamer” (21% on Rotten Tomatoes) ended up at the ass-end of the summer schedule.  But there was one film I forgot to include in my calculations – “The Final Destination”.  The fourth installment in the nine year-old horror franchise continued to pump its 3D legs on its second Friday – bringing in an estimated $3.58 million from 3,121 venues. The romantic comedy “Steve” was not far behind with $3.55 million so I wouldn’t be surprised if, by Sunday, the Sandra Bullock/Bradley Cooper vehicle pulled ahead.  In truth, not much separates Friday’s top four films so anything could happen.  Check back tomorrow for a box-office update.

Title Friday Total
1 Final Destination 4 $3,580,000 $38,700,000
2 All About Steve $3,550,000 $3,550,000
3 Gamer $3,300,000 $3,300,000
4 Inglourious Basterds $3,000,000 $83,200,000
5 District 9 $1,750,000 $96,100,000
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