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District 9 opens at #1 with $37 million

The sleeper hit of the summer is bigger than you might have expected. The Peter Jackson produced sci-fi thriller District 9 opened to an outstanding $37 million in its opening weekend and has already surpassed its mere $30 million budget. Directed by Neill Blomkamp, District 9 should have no problem topping $100 million during its box-office run. With excellent word-of-mouth and stellar reviews, expect this one to go this distance.

"It's so out-of-the-box different from most movies that you see from a major studio," says Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment. "It's kind of a rogue, raw, visceral film that has a life of its own."

The film stars the unknown talent Sharlto Copley (that will soon change given the films success) as a bureaucrat who finds himself in the middle of an alien eviction from Johannesburg, South Africa. The ghetto, known as District 9, is for non-humans only. The film is an adaptation from the short film Alive in Joburg also directed created by Neill Blomkamp.

The top ten films this week at the box office:

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.

Source: Yahoo! Movies
Posted by Casey LaMarca

Posted by Casey LaMarca on August 17, 2009 7:15 PM
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