Basterds' Opening Day Is Tarantino's Best

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2009 1:22 PM CDT
In this film publicity image released by The Weinstein Co., director Quentin Tarantino is shown on the set of, "Inglourious Basterds."   (AP Photo/The Weinstein Co., Francois Duhamel)
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(Newser) – Harvey Weinstein can breathe a sigh of relief. Inglourious Basterds mowed down the competition at the box office yesterday with an estimated haul of $14.3 million, reports Variety. That makes it Tarantino’s best opening ever, and the second-highest R-rated opener August has ever seen—behind American Pie 2 ($16.5 million) and just ahead of last week’s District 9 ($14.2 million). The struggling Weinstein Co. will hope for a repeat next weekend with the opening of Rob Zombie's Halloween II.