'Final Destination' repeats at the boxoffice

12:11 PM PST 09/07/2009 by Carl DiOrio, AP

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Fox's Sandra Bullock starrer "All About Steve" proved the weekend's strongest new pic with an estimated $13.9 million in third place, as Warner Bros.' 3D frightfest "The Final Destination" repeated at No. 1 with $15.4 million through Labor Day.

"Destination" boasts cumulative domestic boxoffice totaling $50.6 million through its first 11 days, despite dropping 55% in its latest Friday-Sunday grosses. The four-day weekend's two other wide openers drew lackluster support: Lionsgate's sci-fi action pic "Gamer" fetched $11.2 million in fourth place, and Miramax's R-rated comedy "Extract" pulled in just $5.3 million in 10th.

The Weinstein Co.'s horror film" Halloween II" fell 66% in its sophomore session, scaring up $7.1 million in sixth place over its latest four days for a $27.1 million cume. But the indie's Brad Pitt starrer "Inglourious Basterds" -- a co-production with Universal and Relativity -- is showing sturdy legs, taking second place in its third frame with $15 million and a $95.2 million cume.

Focus Features' Ang Lee-directed "Taking Woodstock" slid 57% from its first weekend, scoring $2.7 million but dropping from the top rankings and shaping a 13-day cume of just $6.4 million.

The season's solid final frame helped Hollywood to a new boxoffice high for summer, as the top 10 rang up a collective $96 million for a sixth consecutive year-over-year weekend uptick, according to Nielsen EDI.

In a limited bow, National Geographic Films unspooled the immigrant drama "Amreeka" in four theaters and grossed $70,000, or an auspicious $17,500 per venue.

Elsewhere in the specialty market, Freestyle Releasing added 67 locations for comedy "My One and Only" and fetched $488,719, or a pleasing $6,347 per site, as cume climbed to $670,819.

And Sony Pictures Classics' music doc "It Might Get Loud" added 26 playdates for a total of 56 and grossed $211,634, or an acceptable $3,779 per engagement, with cume reaching $621,704.

Co-starring Bradley Cooper and Thomas Haden Church ("Sideways"), "Steve" notched a first feature credit for TV director Phil Traill. Its opening audiences were composed 65% of females, with 55% of its patrons aged 25 or older.

"Sandra sells tickets, there's no question," said Fox senior vp Bert Livingston. "But it's the end of the summer, and this year it's the latest the Labor Day weekend can possibly be. So that affects your grosses, though we are very happy with this number."

Co-helmed by "Crank" co-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, "Gamer" opened to audiences skewing 64% male, with 60% of its support from patrons under age 25.

"The opening was in line with our projections," Lionsgate exec vp distribution David Spitz said.

Directed by Mike Judge ("Office Space"), "Extract" stars Jason Bateman and drew audiences dominated by younger males, the pic's target audience.

"We worked it as hard as we could and got a decent result," Miramax president Daniel Battsek said. "It was in line with expectations."

Looking ahead to the first frame of the fall boxoffice season, Focus Features gets a jump on the competition by unspooling its PG-13 animated feature "9" on Wednesday. "9" is tracking well in prerelease surveys but will be joined in multiplexes two days later by two other notable market entrants -- Summit Entertainment's R-rated horror pic "Sorority Row" and the Tyler Perry-helmed and -toplined "I Can Do Bad All by Myself" from Lionsgate.
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