Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Inglourious Basterds'

Featured Stories - on June 27, 2009 by Phil Contrino

Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds will try to bring World War II to mainstream audiences this summer.

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After the disappointing critical and commercial reception that Death Proof received, Quentin Tarantino is back with Inglourious Basterds, an unconventional World War II flick.

Basterds premiered at Cannes to a mostly positive reception. B OXOFFICE's Richard Mowe wrote that, "It may be too long and too talky for some audiences but it’s likely to score highly in the popularity stakes following its Cannes Film Festival bow."

The Weinstein Company needs Basterds to be a hit. The distributor has been plagued by one dud after the other, and they are facing serious financial issues. In 2008, they released such mediocre box office performers as Crossing Over, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? and My Blueberry Nights. Even The Reader was able to gross only $34 million domestically despite grabbing a Best Picture nomination and a Best Actress Oscar for Kate Winslet.

Tarantino has never topped the box office success of 1994's Pulp Fiction, which grossed $109 million domestically—$190 million when adjusted for inflation. Basterds is unlikely to do so, especially with a running time of nearly two and a half hours and the often lackluster drawing power of Brad Pitt pushing it forward.

Check out our prediction for Basterds as well as other major summer releases in the table below.


Weekly Anticipation Index, June 27, 2009
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs July 1 Fox $60M $220M
Public Enemies July 1 Universal $35M $125M
Brüno July 10 Universal $45M $120M
I Love You, Beth Cooper July 10 Fox Atomic $13M $35M
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince July 15 Warner Bros. $85M $310M
G-Force July 24 Disney $33M $118M
The Ugly Truth July 24 Sony/Columbia $25M $80M
Funny People July 31 Universal $34M $105M
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra August 7 Paramount $40M $100M
Julie & Julia August 7 Sony/ Columbia $20M $70M
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard August 14 Paramount Vantage $13M $40M
The Time Traveler's Wife August 14 Warner Bros./New Line $14M $43M
District 9 August 14 Sony $17M $53M
Shorts August 21 Warner Bros. $13M $42M
Inglourious Basterds August 21 The Weinstein Company $25M $70M

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

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