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Well, that was the most predictable first place finish ever this weekend, as Tyler Perry continued his usual domination of the box office against all the usual September also-rans and flops. Such is life in September at the theaters.

Okay, maybe it wasn’t the most predictable first place finish ever. But I gotta say, this certainly was an easy prediction for me to make when I made the prediction that this movie was going to win the weekend box office. It ranked right up there with the openings of Transformers and The Dark Knight as an easy call in my book, because that’s how consistent Tyler Perry’s movies have been at the gate. So thank you again, Tyler Perry, for not letting me down with my predictions.

Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself finished first at $24,030,000, easily topping the $10.8 million weekend racked up by 9. It is the second first-place opening for a Perry movie this year, following the success of Madea Goes to Jail which remains the biggest Perry opening of all time at $41 million.

The two other new wide-releases floundered in the $5 million range: Sorority Row and Whiteout. I’m surprised because I thought Sorority Row would do better among the horror fans. I guess there’s only so much horror one can stand in a year.

Bottom line is that the usual “feast or famine” trend has continued, with one movie at the very top winning and doing great business while other new releases just totally wipe right out and are never heard from again — at least until the DVD and Blu-ray comes out.

Speaking of feasting — Inglourious Basterds made $6.5 million this weekend for an overall domestic haul of $104.4 million, closing in on the best box office haul for a Quentin Tarantino movie in North America. Another week should do it.

Apart from Tyler Perry, the movie theaters were pretty empty again this weekend. In fact, it was even worse than last weekend. The box office was down a dismal 3 percent. Compared to last year at this same time, it was down 9 percent. So yeah, I hope you enjoyed the lack of lineups.

The results:

  1. Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself – $24,030,000
  2. 9 – $10,856,000
  3. Inglourious Basterds – $6,546,000
  4. All About Steve – $5,800,000
  5. The Final Destination – $5,500,000
  6. Sorority Row – $5,268,000
  7. Whiteout – $5,100,000
  8. District 9 – $3,600,000
  9. Julie & Julia – $3,300,000
  10. Gamer – $3,150,000

So that is it for this weekend! See you later this week with more box office predictions right here at the Reject Report!


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