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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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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