‘Basterds’ earns $37.6M, takes box office top spot

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Inglourious Basterds, the latest action flick from Quentin Tarantino stormed the North American box office this weekend, debuting with an estimated $37.6 million in ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com Box-Office.

District 9 came in second place with $18.9 million, while G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra had sales of $12.5 million for third place.

Starring Brad Pitt, the film, eclipsed most box-office projections by $10 million and gave Tarantino a career-best opening, besting Kill Bill Volume 2, which debuted to $25.1 million in 2004.

Basterds is a 2 1/2-hour period piece about a Jewish-American roving militia that kills and scalps Nazis. Except for Pitt, all of its main actors are unknown to the mass U.S. audience.