It’s good news for those “Inglourious Basterds.” Quentin Tarantino’s World War II romp, starring Brad Pitt, took in an estimated $14.3 million last night.

That means that The Weinstein Co. can expect a stunning first weekend take of $35-$38 million depending on how the film does tonight (Saturday). If word of mouth is good this morning, then hold on. Quentin Tarantino hasn’t had such a good opening since “Kill Bill, Part 2.” That was five and a half years ago. It’s also tbe best Friday night for TWC since “Scary Movie 4″ in 2006.

“Basterds” is only part of the TWC’s comeback weekend. Their “Project Runway” on Lifetime scored 45% higher ratings in its debut than its best numbers on Bravo. Maybe leaving Bravo and starting a legal war was worth it after all! Heidi Klum’s little fashion show looks like it’s going to have its peak season, with more rending of fabrics, gnashing of capped teeth and knifing in the back than ever.

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