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District 9 Tops Box Office

Published August 17, 2009 in Box Office
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Sony Pictures, Variety
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It saddens me that Neill Blomkamp is now not up for Halo, as he's got the style the adaptation will most certainly need. Now that the director has proven himself with District 9, the next question is what's next for the director; besides a possible sequel. And, with the numbers the film posted, a sequel is likely.

Box Office: District 9

Without a doubt this year's hidden gem, District 9 dominated the box office this weekend with $37 million. Considering that the film's cost was a measly $30 million, we can conclude that Sony Pictures is already in the green. What's even better is that the film opened better than most sci-fi pics without any mega talent. Sony admits that their acquisition of the film was a risk, though having Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp on the credits had to have dampened that 'risk' significantly.

"It's a very cool start for a very cool movie," said Sony prexy of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer. "A lot of risk was taken, because it was a total unknown."

As expected, the film saw a majority of male moviegoers, leaving females to go see either The Time Traveler's Wife, which came in third with $19.2 million, one of the best openings for a romantic drama, and Julie and Julia, which followed in fourth with $12.4 million.

Thanks to the top four films, which also included GI Joe, the weekend box office was up 15% over the same frame last year.

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