“Basterds” Heading For Tarantino Record Opening

"Basterds" Heading For Tarantino Record Opening

According to estimates, Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” is on track to exceed expectations, becoming the director’s best debut weekend. The film – starring Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger and screen stealer Christoph Waltz – grossed an estimated $14,350,000 Friday night, averaging $4,534 from 3,156 screens. That sets The Weinstein Company release up for a possible $33-36 million opening weekend. Expectations had been in the mid-$20 million range.

Only two Tarantino films – both editions of “Kill Bill” – have ever opened over $20 million. The second “Bill” grossed $25,105,949 to hold the director’s record. “Basterds” would have to take a remarkable tumble Saturday and Sunday to fail to kill “Bill”‘s record. The film will also likely become The Weinstein Company’s second best opener – after the $40,222,875 “Scary Movie 4” managed in August, 2006 – and should easily surpass the entire gross of TWC’s previous collaboration with Tarantino, “Grindhouse,” in its first three days. “Grindhouse” was a double feature Tarantino made with Robert Rodriguez, who oddly enough has a 3-D family film, “Shorts,” also opening this weekend (it grossed only $2,050,000 Friday night).

“Pulp Fiction” remains Tarantino’s highest grossing film, taking in $107,928,762, without adjusting for inflation.

Check back with indieWIRE Sunday afternoon for a full report on “Basterds”‘ opening weekend, as well as news on the nine other openers that have yet to report numbers.

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