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Box Office Breakdown: Tyler Perry Can Win All By Himself

I Can Do Bad By Myself

Leave it to Tyler Perry to take on the horror industry.

The actor/writer/director’s latest film, , earned $23.4 million over the weekend—enough to stop The Final Destination from taking its third crown in a row. The urban comedy, starring Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige, more than doubled its nearest competitor since opening Friday and gave Perry his third biggest debut to date.

I Can Do Bad also topped , the newest scare flick to enter the scene. Although the movie boasts more recognizable names (Audrina Patridge, Rumer Willis) than Destination, the R-rater barely scraped up $5.1 million for a 6th place finish.

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Box Office Breakdown: Another Win for Final Destination

The Final Destination

Ticket buyers ended their summer vacations by booking . For the 2nd time in a row, the horror entry topped all entries with a 1st place finish. Thanks to the $15.3 million added to the pot, Warner Bros. saw its sequel rise above the $50 million mark during the Labor Day weekend

pulled in another $15 million and narrowly missed another win of its own. The WWII movie has now raked in over $95 million domestically and given Quentin Tarantino the 2nd best gross of his career. (Pulp Fiction is still the champ.)

Meanwhile, Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper joined forces for a 3rd place debut. may not have done Proposal or Hangover-esque numbers, but the comedy did walk away with something to brag about. The Fox feature totaled the largest per screen average of any movie in the Top 10.

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Box Office Breakdown: Final Destination Has Last Laugh

The Final Destination

Theatergoers made the destination this weekend.

Even though it had no A-list names and was pitted against another horror film, the fourth Destination installment gave the franchise its best opening to date. The movie, which was boosted by 3D venues and pricing, grossed approximately $27.4 million since its Friday debut. Up until now, the series only saw openings under $20 million.

Warner Bros.’ win meant a loss for . Rob Zombie’s latest splatter-flick scared up nearly $14 million less than 2007’s Halloween grossed. (This could be part of the reason why the director is being replaced for Halloween 3D.) Unfortunately, the $16.3 million take wasn’t even good enough for 2nd place. The sequel was actually topped by a different Weinstein Company film: Inglourious Basterds.

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Box Office Breakdown: Glorious Outing for Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

, Inglorious Bastards. However you spell it, it was still a hit.

The WWII-era tale about a band of Jewish-American soldiers hit the mark this weekend with a $38 million debut. Basterds, which more than doubled its nearest competitor, gave his biggest premiere ever. (Kill Bill, Vol. 2 grossed only $25.1 million in 2004.) The director also raked in his best international turnout to date.

Finding himself even further down the list was Tarantino buddy Robert Rodriguez. The director followed up Planet Terror with a $6.4 million outing for the PG-rated . That was enough to give the Warner Bros. feature a 6th place finish.

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Tarantino and Roth Say Inglourious Basterds Is a Date Movie

Tarantino and Roth on MySpace's Artist on Artist

Inglourious Basterds writer-director Quentin Tarantino and his friend and star of the film, Eli Roth, share their thoughts on writing scripts, making the ultimate “Jews-kicking-Nazi-ass” film, why he hired Roth, and watching the premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Best of all, Tarantino and Roth were both in agreement that Inglourious Basterds is definitely a date movie:

“If you’re a nerdy, little Jewish guy, and you’ve got that platonic, pretty-girl friend that’s not, like, giving it up, but is like your best friend and doesn’t mind you paying for her movies… Alright.. When you take her to see Inglourious Basterds, if you can’t get it done that night, then just.. she’s not your friend. Close the deal,” Tarantino exclaimed.

After you check out the full interview after the jump, make sure you see the film, which opens this Friday.

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In Theaters This Weekend: August 21, 2009

Shorts

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Inglourious Basterds (R): starring Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Christoph Waltz (directed by Quentin Tarantino)
  • Post Grad (PG-13): starring Alexis Bledel, Michael Keaton, Zach Gilford (directed by Vicky Jensen)
  • Shorts (PG): starring Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann (directed by Robert Rodriguez)

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Eli Roth’s Close Call on Inglourious Basterds Set

Eli Roth as the

Despite directing and acting in various films served with copious amounts of violence, Eli Roth never quite came close to death on any of those projects until Inglourious Basterds.

During one of the latter scenes of the Quentin Tarantino‘s WWII tour de force, a fire consumes a Parisian theater where the basterds confront Nazi soldiers. It was during this scene that Roth received a taste of the pain his films’ characters experience ten-fold.

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Diane Kruger Talks ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ Karl Lagerfeld

Diane Kruger as Bridget von Hammersmark

When Quentin Tarantino has his mind set on a particular actor or actress for a role, he’s nearly dead set on his pick. For this reason, German native Diane Kruger had a lot to prove in order to win his confidence in her for Inglourious Basterds.

“[Quentin Tarantino] actually had someone else in mind when he first cast his movie, and that didn’t work out for whatever reason. He actually couldn’t believe that I was German, so I had to prove my German-ness to him,” the model-turned-actress explained.

Then again, who can blame him when one can barely pick up on Diane’s accent? Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld can’t tell!

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In Theaters This Weekend: July 31, 2009

Funny People

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Aliens in the Attic (PG): starring Ashley Tisdale, Carter Jenkins, Austin Butler (directed by John Schultz)
  • The Collector (R): starring Josh Stewart, Madeline Zima, Michael Reilly Burke (directed by Marcus Dunstan)
  • Funny People (R): starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann (directed by Judd Apatow)

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Inglourious Basterds: Tarantino’s Most Challenging Film Yet

Quentin Tarantino recently admitted that Inglourious Basterds was hard work and has taken over as the most challenging of his career.

The cult movie director began drafting the script for the bloodied action movie over a decade ago and altered it several times over the years before completion last summer. “This is the toughest film I’ve ever made. It’s my Mount Everest movie. Kill Bill was hard, but this was harder,” Tarantino stated.

The 46-year-old says he drew inspired for the storyline from a “f**king cool” movie from the 70s. He explained to Loaded magazine: “I got it from a 1978 spaghetti western called Inglourious Bastards. It was about a bunch of guys fighting in Germany and were condemned to be court-martialed, when their prison convoy gets attacked by Nazis. They escape, so they have to find a way out. They try and get to Switzerland - a neutral country - but they have to battle their way through Germany first. It’s just a really f**king cool story. It was so cool that I wanted to come up with an equally cool film.”

Quentin’s version of opens in the US on August 21.


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