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Weekend Box Office: The Horror!

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 30, 2009 at 12:53PM

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.
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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.

This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Genres, Independents, Summer, Quentin Tarantino, Horror , Documentaries, Weinsteins


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.