It looks like The Other Guys was enough of a kick to snag the top spot at the box office from Inception. The Other Guys began its run with a nice $35.6 million marking both Adam McKay and Will Ferrell’s second highest opening. Back in 2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby debuted with an impressive $47 million. For Walberg, The Other Guys comes in at number three behind The Perfect Storm and Planet of the Apes, which opened with $41.3 million and $68.5 million respectively.
Inception continues its impressively slow decline just falling 32% in week four. It took in $18.6 million bringing its grand total to $227.7 million. In third place is newcomer Step Up 3D. Its $15.5 million intake isn’t terrible, but less than its predecessors. Back in 2006 Step Up opened with $20.7 million and in 2008 Step Up 2 the Streets earned $18.9 in week one.
Salt took a 43% hit, earning $11.1 million and landing in the fourth spot. Coming in at #5 is Dinner for Schmucks, which fell hard earning just $10.5 in week two. Despicable Me is holding on strong in week five adding an additional $9.4 to its haul. The seventh spot went to Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore with $6.9 million. It’s only accumulated $37.5 million worldwide so earning back its $85 million production budget is unlikely.
Charlie St. Cloud’s $4.7 million earned it the eighth spot. That one took one of the biggest hits of them all dropping a massive 62% in week two. With a $44 million production budget, it’ll also have a long haul if it hopes to make it into the green before its theatrical run comes to an end. Rounding out the top ten is Toy Story 3 with $3 million and The Kids Are All Right with $2.6 million.
The August 13th releases are guaranteed to shake things up quite a bit. We’ve got three potential heavy hitters on the way, Eat Pray Love, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and The Expendables. I’ve got a hard time seeing any of the three being a huge winner. The ladies will likely go for Eat Pray Love, the manly men for The Expendables and the young crowds for Scott Pilgrim, splitting the masses. They’ve all got a chance at taking one of the top three spots and will likely be followed by The Other Guys and Inception at #4 and #5. As for limited releases, we’ve got a rather excellent film entering the competition, the Australian family drama Animal Kingdom.
By Perri Nemiroff (via Box Office Mojo)