Tarantino, Pitt's “Basterds” Earns Glorious $37.6M

Earnings more than double last summer's No. 1 movie over the same weekend

Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino have landed their history lesson on World War II at the top of the box office.

Their war epic "Inglourious Basterds" took in $37.6 million over its first weekend to continue a late-summer revenue boost for Hollywood.

The haul for "Inglourious Basterds" was more than twice the receipts for the No. 1 movie over the same weekend last year, "Tropic Thunder."

Hollywood's busy season had been sliding for a month compared to last year, when the Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight" dominated the second half of summer.

But this was the second-straight weekend that revenues rose, with "Inglourious Basterds" following a strong debut a week earlier from the sci-fi thriller "District 9."

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