Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” is a phenom. The wild Brad Pitt starrer ‘took in $20 million over the weekend, bringing its total to $73 million. Ka-ching! “Basterds” will be the first $100 million movie for The Weinstein Company, easily earning money and restoring faith in investors.

At the same time, TWC’s “Halloween II” followed “Basterds” on the box office chart at No. 2, with $17 million. By the time “HII” has a DVD release for actual Halloween, this movie will also be a huge money maker for TWC.

And they still have “Nine” and “The Road.” Which goes to show us all: he business is cyclical. No one is ever “finished.” Except maybe for Kevin Smith, who must regret his comments to The New York Times now.

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