Inglourious Basterds beat Pulp Fiction at the box office
I’m not sure how much Pulp Fiction has really made in terms of dollars, considering the years of TV runs, home video exploits and theatrical special screenings and so on and so forth, but Inglourious Basterds is now officially Quentin Tarantino‘s highest grossing movie ever, if you compare the initial theatrical box office numbers (cf. Boxofficemojo). The numbers are truly impressive and champagne corks must be a-poppin’ in the casa de Tarantino these days, while the movie is still making a few millions around the globe every week. It just opened up in a number of new countries, too, so we ain’t seen nothin’ yet, as they say. Among other places, the movie opened in Spain at the San Sebastian film festival (link, link and link), and in October, Quentin will launch the movie in Mexico (AFP).
A particularly interesting launch is Israel, where Quentin and his gang o’ Basterds premiered the movie for the first time, a very special audience for this film. You can see videos of the press conference (article in hebrew, with pictures) here, and here’s a clip of the premiere (thanks to Ziv for the heads up). Reviews in Israel are not interely positive, but it will take a little until it’s time to conclude whether the movie was well received there. Tarantino repeatedly stated he was very excited to premiere the film there, as you can imagine. While the movie was surpassing the 200 million dollar threshold, not only is that a huge relief for the Weinstein company, it also puts Quentin back to a role he had taken before: the Weinstein’s secret weapon so to speak.