Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds does glorious box office

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Quentin Tarantino's WWII tale Inglourious Basterds conquered the worldwide box office this weekend, opening to an impressive $37.6 million domestically and $27.1 million more overseas, Variety reported.

Before Basterds, Tarantino's top opener was Kill Bill Vol. 2, which opened to $25.1 million. Basterds also marked Tarantino's biggest international opening, although none of his films have opened day and date in such a large number of territories.

District 9 held up well in its second outing, with $18.9 million from 3,050 runs for a cumulative take of $73.5 million. District 9 fell 49%, a good hold considering it was competing with Basterds for the male audience.

G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra placed No. 3, grossing $12.5 million from 3,953 runs for a domestic cumulative box office of $120.5 million.

The Time Traveler's Wife and Julie and Julia placed No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

The weekend's other two new entries were the family friendly picture Shorts, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and Post Grad. Each film had trouble reaching its audience, although Shorts did far better business at $6.7 million from 3,105 runs. Shorts placed No. 6 for the weekend.