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08-15-2009, 06:25 PM
I heard this one's a must see ... anyone going?
I'd be interested to hear what you thought of it, after you went.

District 9

‘District 9’
Opens as Top U.S. Film With Sales of $37 Million

By Laura Myers and Dan Hart
Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) --

The science-fiction action film “District 9” opened as the top film in U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend, taking in $37 million in sales for Sony Corp. (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=SNE%3AUS)

“GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra” came in second with $22.5 million, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office (http://www.hollywood.com/boxoffice) said in an e-mailed statement. “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” from Time Warner Inc., finished third in its opening weekend.

The latest box-office leader gives Sony four top debuts this year, the studio’s most recent being “Angels & Demons” in mid-May, Hollywood.com Box-Office said. Sony is the fifth-ranked studio in box-office receipts with $722.8 million through Aug. 13, trailing Time Warner’s Warner Bros. at $1.38 billion, according to Box Office Mojo LLC.

“Sony did a masterful job of marketing,” said Jeff Bock (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Jeff+Bock&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1), senior box-office analyst for Los Angeles-based Exhibitor Relations. The film was “under-the-radar” until the Comic-Con convention in San Diego last month, he said.

“District 9,” produced by Peter Jackson (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Peter+Jackson&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1), is set in South Africa, where aliens are forced to live in slum-like conditions until a human government agent is exposed to alien biotechnology.
‘Time Traveler’s Wife’

“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” starring Channing Tatum (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Channing+Tatum&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1) and Sienna Miller (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Sienna+Miller&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1), tells the story of an elite military unit that takes on an evil organization led by a corrupt arms dealer. It has brought in $98.8 million in two weeks for Viacom Inc. (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=VIA%2FB%3AUS)’s Paramount Pictures.
Third place’s “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” which had sales of $19.2 million, is from Time Warner’s Warner Brothers. In it, a couple struggles to build a life together while dealing with a genetic disorder that causes the husband to travel uncontrollably through time. It stars Eric Bana (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Eric+Bana&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1) and Rachel McAdams (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Rachel%0AMcAdams&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1).
In fourth place was “Julie & Julia,” starring Meryl Streep (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Meryl%0AStreep&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1) and Amy Adams (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Amy+Adams&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1). It took in $12.4 million in its second weekend in theaters and has had sales of $43.7 million since its release. The Sony film intertwines the life of Julia Child (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Julia+Child&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1) as she learns French cuisine in Paris with that of a young woman who spends a year cooking every recipe in Child’s book, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”

“G-Force,” the 3-D animated picture from Walt Disney Co. (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=DIS%3AUS), earned $6.9 million for fifth place. “G-Force” follows a group of government-trained guinea pigs out to stop a diabolical billionaire from taking over the world. It has brought in $99 million since its July 24 release. The actors providing voices include Sam Rockwell (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Sam+Rockwell&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1), Tracy Morgan (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Tracy+Morgan&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1) and Penelope Cruz (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Penelope+Cruz&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1).

Among other new releases, “Ponyo,” from Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Hayao+Miyazaki&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1), earned $3.5 million from 927 theaters for Disney in its first week. The animated movie, Miyazaki’s first wide release in the U.S., includes voices from Liam Neeson (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Liam+Neeson&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1), Tina Fey (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Tina+Fey&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1) and Cate Blanchett (http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Cate+Blanchett&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1).
Weekend sales for the top dozen films rose 12 percent to $125.4 million from a year earlier, Hollywood.com said. Year-to- date receipts gained 6.7 percent to $6.86 billion, according to the Web site. Attendance is up 2.79 percent this year.

The following table has figures provided by studios to Hollywood.com Box-Office.
The amounts are based on actual ticket sales for Aug. 14 and 15 and estimates for yesterday.

Rev. Avg./ Pct. Total
Movie (mln) Theaters Theater Chg. (mln) Wks
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1 DISTRICT 9 $37.0 3,049 $12,135 -- $37.0 1
2 G.I. JOE 22.5 4,007 5,615 -59 98.8 2
3 TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE 19.2 2,988 6,427 -- 19.2 1
4 JULIE AND JULIA 12.4 2,354 5,268 -38 43.7 2
5 G-FORCE 6.9 3,065 2,254 -30 99.0 4
6 THE GOODS: LIVE HARD 5.4 1,838 2,911 -- 5.4 1
7 HARRY POTTER 5.2 2,771 1,860 -42 283.9 5
8 THE UGLY TRUTH 4.5 2,733 1,647 -33 77.5 4
9 PONYO 3.5 927 3,782 -- 3.5 1
10 (500) DAYS OF SUMMER 3.03 1,048 2,886 -19 17.9 5
11 FUNNY PEOPLE 3.02 2,584 1,170 -62 47.9 3
12 A PERFECT GETAWAY 2.8 2,159 1,295 -53 11.5 2