North American box office: ‘Final Destination’ clings to No. 1, just barely

Now there’s a scenario for horror: Quentin Tarantino nipping at your heels:

1. The Final Destination: $15.295 million (2nd week; drops 44%)
2. Inglourious Basterds: $14.950 million (3rd week; drops 23%)
3. All About Steve: $14.1 million (NEW)
4. Gamer: $11.2 million (NEW)
5. District 9: $9.1 million (4th week; drops 11%)

actual numbers, not estimates, for the four-day weekend
It was one of the slowest Labor Day weekends in the last decade, according to Box Office Mojo, and clearly the new offerings were not enough to entice North Americans away from the unofficial last weekend of summer (Monday was Labour Day — with a U — in Canada, too). The other major release, Mike Judge’s Extract, debuted down at No. 9, earning $5.5 million, though it was in far fewer theaters than the rest of the top 10 (1,611 versus 2,251 for its next nearest competitor, All About Steve), so if we looked at things on a per-screen basis, Extract would actually rank No. 5 among the top 10 by total takings.

Many of the holdovers held well, though: only an 11 percent drop for District 9, and only 23 percent for Basterds. Julie & Julia actually enjoyed a minuscule boost of .6 percent… though it had to add 25 locations to do that. (Halloween II? Down 58 percent.)

Oh, and that virus horror flick Carriers that I wondered about last week? It opened on 100 screens, and earned $908 on each of those screens. Not good.

Milestones passed this weekend: District 9 passed $100 million; The Final Destination and The Time Traveler’s Wife each passed $50 million.

Oh, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen? $400 million. There’ll be no living with Michael Bay now.

[numbers via Box Office Mojo]

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