Inglourious Basterds: Tarantino's Best Opening Worldwide

August 23, 2009–Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” opened strongly to a $65.1 million at the worldwide box office, including a domestic bow of $37.6 million this weekend.  Brad Pitt’s name above the titl broadened the audience beyond Tarantino’s usual fan base in North America.

It’s the biggest Tarantino opening by far at the domestic box-office, and a major win for the Weinstein Co., which is handling the World War II fantasy picture domestically.   Tarantino previous best debut at the U.S. marketplace  was “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” which bowed to $25.1 million.

Overseas, where Universal Pictures International. is distributing, “Inglourious Basterds” grossed about estimated $27.5 million from 2,630 playdates in 22 territories. It’s the first Tarantino film to open day and date on such a scale.

Weinstein Co. and Universal are equal partners on the film, which cost $70 million to produce and shot entirely in Europe.