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Weekend Box Office: The Horror!

by Anne Thompson
August 30, 2009 12:53 PM
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The Final Destination got a major lift from premium 3-D ticket prices as rivals cried foul, "no fair." The Weinstein Co. inexplicably competed with itself as Rob Zombie's Halloween II came in third after strong second-week holdover Inglourious Basterds.

Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock was predictably soft--why else would Focus open it on more than 1300 screens; if it was a strong contender they would have let it grow on word-of-mouth. I liked Lee and writer James Schamus's off-kilter sidelong look at the epic concert. But it was not a crowdpleaser. (You need better than a 55 on Metacritic these days.) The target audience boomers don't go to the movies much anymore, and their kids didn't give a damn. Other indie opener R.J. Cutler's glam Vogue unveiling The September Issue scored the fifth best opening for a doc ever. Vogue editrix Anna Wintour was the model for Meryl Streep's character in The Devil Wears Prada. Folks are still interested.

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