A Laborious Labor Day For Movies
The summer box office may have roared in like a lion, but it went out whimpering worse than usual. BoxOfficeMojo.com reported that it was the least-attended Labor Day weekend in over a decade. According to initial estimates, The Final Destination squeezed out a win for the second consecutive week with $12.4 million, thanks largely to premium-priced tickets in 3D theaters. The critically derided All About Steve opened in second place with $11.2 million even though it sold more tickets. Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds slipped to third place with $10.8 million, while the sci-fi action flick Gamer , which was not screened for critics, came in at the low end of analysts' forecasts with about $9 million to place fourth. The only other new film, Mike Judge's Extract , tanked with just $4.2 million. Two films reached milestone marks. District 9 passed the $100-million mark and Transformers Revenge of the Fallen passed $400 million.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo 1. The Final Destination , $12.44 million; 2. All About Steve , $11.20 million; 3. Inglourious Basterds $10.85 million; 4. Gamer, $9 million million; 5. District 9 , $7 million; 6. Halloween II, $5.61 million; 7. Julie & Julia, $5.2 million; 8. GI Joe , $5.1 million,6; 9. The Time Traveler's Wife, $4.2 million; 10. Extract, $4,12 million.