Brad Pitt and Tarantino tandem rule box office

Aug 25, 2009 at 3:17 p.m. ET

Brad Pitt is proud to be one of the Inglourious Basterds. Audiences would not have it any other way as Pitt plus Quentin Tarantino equaled box office gold.

Brad Pitt in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious BasterdsInglourious Basterds finished first at the late-summer box office battle ahead of the sci-fi thriller District 9, Shorts and Time Traveler's Wife.

Pitt and his Basterds earned $37.6 million in its first week of release.

Tarantino has his first summer hit in years and Pitt continues his hot streak that most recently saw him earn an Oscar nomination for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

In second place was the Peter Jackson-produced District 9 that scared up another $18.9 to outpace GI Joe.

The second Hasbro toy-to-movie number one (the first was Transformers 2), added another $12.5 million to it's already impressive totals.

In fourth place, the terrific Time Traveler's Wife continues to pack in passionate fans of the Audrey Niffenegger book to the tune of $10 million.

During its second week, most films take a nose dive in summer. It's great to see The Time Traveler's Wife building a head of steam heading into the fall film season.

Meryl Streep and Amy Adams continued to also equal box office gold. Their latest pairing, Julie and Julia earned another $9 million to take fifth place in the weekend box office. Streep and Adams last starred together in the Oscar-nominated Doubt.

In sixth place is Tarantino's BFF Rodriguez's latest family film, Shorts, that earned a strong G-rated $6.6 million. Watch for Shorts numbers to grow as younger kids cling to the final days of summer.

Shorts is Robert Rodriguez's latest family film

Inglourious Basterds gave Tarantino a career-best debut. Pitt and Tarantino can hope for second week totals to equal those of the Jackson-produced District 9. In two weeks of release, it has earned an astounding $73.5 million.

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