'The Other Guys' Pushes 'Inception' - Box Office Roundup

Monday, 09 August 2010 08:24 Written by  Eric Walkuski
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The Other Guys

The question coming into this weekend was this: would Christopher Nolan's Inception pull of the impossible - a four-peat in the summer? Or would the always reliable team of Adam McKay and Will Ferrell (The Other Guys) finally unseat the recent box office king?

The answer is, the latter. Sony's The Other Guys finally put the cuffs on Inception, winning the weekend with approximately $35 million. The PG-13 comedy starring Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as a couple of mismatched cops was heavily promoted all week and stormed into over 3,600 theaters - so audience awareness was certainly high. It's coming at a good time for Ferrell, who has had a couple of misfires recently (Land of the Lost, Semi-Pro), but never goes wrong with his favorite collaborator, McKay. The duo's last two films, Step Brothers and Talledega Nights, opened with $30 million and $47 million, respectively, proving that when it comes to Ferrell's shtick, McKay knows best.

Second place goes to, you guessed it, Inception, as Warner Bros' powerhouse keeps steaming along. Down 32% from last week, the sci-fi thriller earned another $18.6 million this weekend, giving it $227 million domestically so far. While it's beginning to slow down a little, there's no reason to think that Inception won't stick around until the end of the summer, straight through early fall.

Opening in third place is Disney's Step Up 3D, which earned an estimated $15.5 million. Considering it only opened in 2,435 theaters, that isn't a terrible number, although it might indicate that the Step Up "franchise" has finally run its course. (The last two in the series opened in the $18-20 million range) The number is also another hint that slapping "3D" onto everything doesn't automatically mean big numbers.

Regarding last week's holdover, Dinner for Schmucks fell 55%, which was expected considering the debut of The Other Guys. Gathering approximately $10 million, the Schmucks have earned around $46 million so far. Cats and Dogs 2 (don't make me write out the whole title) dropped 43% with a $6 million haul, giving the $85 million kids flick only $26 million in the domestic bank. Put that doggy to sleep... Finally, Charlie St. Cloud earned $4 million, which gives it around $23 million so far. (It should be noted that all three of these films should enjoy a second life on DVD.)

Next week brings the invasion of three new releases, which will definitely shake things up in a big way. Eat Pray Love, The Expendables and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will all compete for the attention of, well, everyone, as each flick seems to offer up something different. Should be a fascinating battle to witness.

Title..... Weekend Gross..... Total Cume.....

1. The Other Guys - $35,600,000 - $35,600,000 2. Inception - $18,600,000 - $227,732,000
3. Step Up 3D - $15,500,000 - $15,500,000
4. Salt - $11,100,000 - $91,980,000
5. Dinner for Schmucks - $10,500,000 - $46,746,000
6. Despicable Me - $9,400,000 - $209,400,000
7. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore - $6,910,000 - $26,436,000
8. Charlie St. Cloud - $4,700,000 - $23,500,000
9. Toy Story 3 - $3,048,000 - $396,317,000
10. The Kids Are All Right - $2,606,000 - $14,011,000

Source: Box Office Mojo

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