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DISTRICT 9 blasts straight to #1 at US Box Office

17 August 2009

LONDON: 17th August, 2009. Sony Pictures Releasing are delighted to announce that humans rushed into DISTRICT 9 this weekend as the movie stormed straight to #1 at the US box office, taking an incredible $37million.
DISTRICT 9 will be open to UK-based humans on 4 September 2009. 
Over twenty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth.  Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology.  Neither came.  Instead, the aliens were refugees from their home world.  The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa's District 9 as the world's nations argued over what to do with them.
Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens' welfare.  MNU will receive tremendous profits if they can make the aliens' powerful weaponry work. So far, they have failed; activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA.
The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when MNU begins evicting the non-humans from District 9, with MNU field agents responsible for moving them to a new camp.  One of the MNU field operatives, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), contracts an alien virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable - he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: District 9.
Peter Jackson presents in association with TriStar Pictures and Block/Hanson a Wingnut Films Production, a film by Neill Blomkamp, District 9.  Directed by Neill Blomkamp.  Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell.  Produced by Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham.  Co-Producer is Philippa Boyens.  Executive Producers are Bill Block and Ken Kamins.  Co-Executive Producers are Paul Hanson and Elliot Ferwerda.  Director of Photography is Trent Opaloch.  Production Designer is Philip Ivey.  Editor is Julian Clarke.  Music by Clinton Shorter.  Music Supervisor is Michelle Belcher.