As promised well before the film's release, Paramount is donating 10 percent of the first weekend box office for "World Trade Center" to four New York-based organizations honoring the memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The four charities are splitting a total of $2.6 million, the promised tenth of what the film made between Wednesday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 13.
Of that amount, half will go to the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, toward the construction of the Memorials two reflecting pools, which will be located where the original Twin Towers once stood. The other $1.3 million will be split between Tuesday's Children, the Tribute WTC Visitor Center andthe New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund.
"World Trade Center," which stars Michael Pena and Nicolas Cage as real lifePort Authority Police Officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin, who were trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center for many hours awaiting rescue. The film earned nearly $6.5 million last weekend, good for fifth place overall. In addition, the drama has earned respectful reviews, currently sitting at 71 percent "Fresh" at RottenTomatoes.com.