Box Office: Moviegoers Take Labor Day Weekend Off


As expected it was a dead weekend at the theaters this Labor Day weekend — so much so that The Final Destination ended up winning the box office with a haul of only $12.4 million.

Think about it. This same flick opened to $27.4 million last weekend, and yet in spite of a big dropoff well over the 50 percent barrier, it still finishes first. That goes to show what a failure of a weekend it was for the new releases, none of which did very well. Gamer was probably the biggest disappointment. It had been the favorite to win the weekend — but they didn’t screen the flick for critics, and then when reviewers finally did see it most of them declared it junk anyway, and so that was the end of that movie.

Meanwhile, some will say All About Steve surprised people by finishing in second place. But you have to keep in mind — it only opened to $11.2 million, which is nothing to be excited about to begin with. The movie basically made exactly the amount that was expected of them. Think about it, though — if the filmmakers of All About Steve had actually put in an effort into making a movie that would rank higher than 5 percent at Rotten Tomatoes, it could have won the weekend.

All in all, it was a very quiet weekend at the theaters, as September has once again lived up to its reputation for being the worst month for movies at the box office. It was, however, nice to actually go to a movie and not have to stand in lineups or fight off crowds of people. It would have been even nicer if people would only shut off their cell phones and quit texting in the theater. That’s what was going on at the theater I was at this weekend, and it was pretty annoying. But I digress.

The three-day totals are as follows:

  1. The Final Destination – $12,435,000
  2. All About Steve – $11,200,000
  3. Inglourious Basterds – $10,847,000
  4. Gamer – $9,000,000
  5. District 9 – $7,000,000
  6. Halloween II (2009) – $5,608,000
  7. Julie & Julia – $5,200,000
  8. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – $5,100,000
  9. The Time Traveler’s Wife – $4,215,000
  10. Extract – $4,187,000

So much for my predictions, then. They all went up in smoke. Thanks a lot, Gamer, for nothing.

Hope you all had a happy Labor Day weekend, and we’ll see you later this week for more here at the Reject Report!

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