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‘Final Destination’ arrives at No. 1 with $28.3M

August 31, 2009

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— Movie fans have made fear their top destination at the weekend box office.

The horror tale “The Final Destination” debuted as the No. 1 movie with $28.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Warner Bros. sequel is the latest installment in the franchise about people stalked by death after a premonition saves them from their destined demise.

“Final Destination” took over the top spot from Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt’s World War II saga “Inglourious Basterds,” which slipped to second place with $20 million. The Weinstein Co. release raised its total to $73.8 million after 10 days in theaters.

Weinstein also had the No. 3 slot with the horror flick “Halloween II,” which opened with $17.4 million. The movie is Rob Zombie’s sequel to his update of the slasher franchise about crazed killer Michael Myers.

It’s unusual for two horror movies to open over the same weekend. While “Final Destination” and “Halloween II” competed for the same audience, both managed solid receipts.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com:

1. “The Final Destination,” $28.3 million.

2. “Inglourious Basterds,” $20 million.

3. “Halloween II,” $17.4 million.

4. “District 9,” $10.7 million.

5. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” $8 million.

6. “Julie & Julia,” $7.4 million.

7. “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” $6.7 million.

8. “Shorts,” $4.9 million.

9. “Taking Woodstock,” $3.7 million.

10. “G-Force,” $2.8 million.

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