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‘Final Destination' arrives at No. 1 with $28.3M

Movie fans have made fear their top destination at the weekend box office.

The horror tale “The Final Destination” debuted as the No. 1 movie with $28.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Warner Bros. sequel is the latest installment in the franchise about people stalked by death after a premonition saves them from their destined demise.

“Final Destination” took over the top spot from Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt's World War II saga “Inglourious Basterds,” which slipped to second place with $20 million. Weinstein also had the No. 3 slot with the horror flick “Halloween II,” which opened with $17.4 million. The movie is Rob Zombie's sequel to his update of the slasher franchise about crazed killer Michael Myers.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released today.

1. “The Final Destination,” $28.3 million.

2. “Inglourious Basterds,” $20 million.

3. “Halloween II,” $17.4 million.

4 . “District 9,” $10.7 million.

5. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” $8 million.

6. “Julie & Julia,” $7.4 million.

7. “The Time Traveler's Wife,” $6.7 million.

8. “Shorts,” $4.9 million.

9. “Taking Woodstock,” $3.7 million.

10. “G-Force,” $2.8 million.

Bush daughter Jenna becomes ‘Today' reporter

NBC's “Today” show has hired someone with White House experience as a new correspondent — former first daughter Jenna Hager.

The daughter of former President George W. Bush will contribute stories about once a month on issues such as education to television's top-rated morning news show, said Jim Bell, its executive producer.

Hager, a 27-year-old teacher in Baltimore, said she has always wanted to be a teacher and a writer and already has authored two books. She was intrigued by the idea of getting into television when Bell contacted her.

“It wasn't something I'd always dreamed to do,” she said. “But I think one of the most important things in life is to be open-minded and to be open-minded for change.”

Pakistan reality TV contestant drowns in challenge

A contestant on a Pakistani reality TV show drowned while performing a challenge for the program, a spokeswoman for the show's sponsor said Sunday.

Pakistani contestant Saad Khan, 32, was swimming across a lake while wearing a 15-pound backpack when he called out for help and then disappeared underwater, according to Fareshte Aslam, information officer for Unilever Pakistan, the show's sponsor.

Horrified co-contestants and crew rushed to try to save him but could not find him in the murky waters of the lake in the Thai capital of Bangkok, where the show was being filmed, according to Aslam, who was recounting reports of those on the scene.

Divers later recovered the body of Khan, she said.

Unilever Pakistan accepts no liability for Khan's death, Aslam said, but added that the company is in discussions to provide for Khan's wife and four children “out of rightness.”

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