The Final Destination roared its way to the top of the box office in its debut weekend. This could be the first step towards a fifth outing; I mean, sure they sort of billed this one as the last, but where there is money to me made, there are suits waiting to grab it. On the other hand, the number may just be inflated because of the higher 3D screening ticket prices. Well, I did my part in padding out its box office leading $27 million. It's too bad too, as this movie is not very good; it relies heavily on the 3D gimmick and does nothing in the story department. Sure, I smiled a bit, but forgot it all on the way to the exit.
Slipping one spot and 49% from last week is Quentin Tarantino's latest opus, Inglourious Basterds. I saw this last week and loved it. It is a fantastic flight of fancy into an alternate World War II in a way that only Tarantino can deliver. I only wish there was something more to the emotional quotient. Still, considering that Brad Pitt is in less than half the movie and more than half of it is subtitled, I am impressed with its success this weekend. I hope this means it will hang on for a while, it really is an entertaining film.
Coming in third place is the film that would have taken the top spot had it not had the challenge of going head to head with another horror film. In either case the resulting reaction would likely have been the same. In the harsh light of Monday morning, much hate is being unloaded upon Halloween II. However, I loved it and I have found myself on the weak side of the full court press. I still say that love it or hate it, Rob Zombie has made an interesting film that is sure to induce a visceral reaction.
District 9 still has some gas in it, finishing fourth and nearing the century mark. This is a brilliant film that anyone who loves movies should go see. I am very happy to see it having the success it is having, but come on, it can do better! Get out there and tell your friends. Alien invasions, social awareness, interesting characters, it is just all around great!