"District 9" Invades Box-Office with $37.5 Million! 


Hurray for "District 9!" The cast of unknowns with a relative newcomer director topped the box-office with $37 million debut!

The only A-list name attached with the movie is producer Peter Jackson. Based on director Neil Blomkamp's short film, it's fun to see a "message movie" (strong anti-apartheid allegory told in pseudo-documentary style) win the crowded box-office race. (See review right here)

Previous weekend's No. 1 flick, Paramount's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," infamously known for not being shown to critics, fell to No. 2 with $22.5 million. So far, its 10-day total is $98.8 million.

"The Time Traveler's Wife" starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams debuted at No. 3 with $19.2 million. This sci-fi romance was just okay, relatively bland, but Bana and McAdams have solid chemistry.

It was a crowded box-office weekend. The other debuts, the funny used-car comedy starring Jeremy Piven "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" opened at No. 6 with $5.4 million, Disney's animated adventure "Ponyo" from Hayao Miyazaki came in at No. 9 with $3.5 million, while the teen rock comedy "Bandslam" failed to crack the Top 10. Starring "High School Musical's" Vanessa Hudgens, "Bandslam" only made $2.3 million coming in at No. 13.

(Check out my interviews with the cast of "The Goods, Live Hard, Sell Hard right here; for my interviews with the "Bandslam" cast, click here)

Here's the estimated Top 10 list for box-office weekend of Aug. 14th:

1. "District 9," $37 million.

2. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," $22.5 million.

3. "The Time Traveler's Wife," $19.2 million.

4. "Julie & Julia," $12.4 million.

5. "G-Force," $6.9 million.

6. "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard," $5.4 million.

7. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," $5.2 million.

8. "The Ugly Truth," $4.5 million.

9. "Ponyo," $3.5 million.

10. "500 Days of Summer," $3 million.

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