It looks like Salt didn’t provide enough of a kick to get the majority of moviegoers out of Christopher Nolan’s limbo. Inception dropped just 30.7% taking in $43.5 million easily stealing the weekend from Angelina Jolie who only earned $36.5 million. Inception now has a domestic grand total of $143.7 million and shows no signs of slowing down. Plus, it’s proving to be just as much of a success overseas.
Despicable Me is holding on strong adding another $24.1 million to its pot. That boosts its total to $161.7 million and further justifies Universal’s decision to get working on the sequel. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice took the #4 position, but only added another $9.7 million to its total. A film with a $150 production budget that’s only amassed $42.6 in its first two weeks? Certainly not looking to be a winner for Disney.
On the other hand, Toy Story 3 continues to add to its already massive haul. In week six it earned another $9 million. Following close behind is newcomer Ramona and Beezus. Despite generally positive reviews, it only took in $8 million, but on a $15 million budget, it won’t be much of a loss for Fox.
The seventh spot went to Grown Ups, which took in another $7.6 million while The Twilight Saga: Eclipse nabbed $7 million earning the eighth position. The Last Airbender comes in at #9 with $4.2 million followed by the fast-falling Predators with $2.9 million.
Arriving next weekend is a handful of films that I doubt will pose much of a threat and might allow Inception and Salt to stay on top. Dinner for Schmucks will be the biggest hitter of the bunch, but I see it having a similar opening to Steve Carell’s last film (live-action at least), Date Night, and pulling in something in the $20 million range. In terms of wide releases there’s also Charlie St. Cloud and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore neither of which I think have a shot at topping Schmucks. There’s also a handful of limited releases including Get Low, The Extra Man and The Concert.
By Perri Nemiroff (via Box Office Mojo)