After three weeks as the undisputed champion of the North American box office, Christopher Nolan’s dreamy thriller ‘Inception‘ has fallen… to a couple of knucklehead cops played by Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. For a complete rundown of the weekend Top 10, read on!
That’s right, Adam McKay’s raucous action comedy ‘The Other Guys‘ took the top slot at the box office this weekend, handily edging out ‘Inception’ for Number One. The movie had a budget of around $90 million and opened with $35.6 million. Some critics are bemoaning the fact that ‘The Other Guys’ wasn’t rated R. True, that extra freedom could have done the movie some good. (Nobody says “fuck” quite like Mark Wahlberg.) But when the studio argued for a PG-13 rating, they were probably citing a big weekend gross like this as a reason for the softer rating. In that respect, they were totally justified. This sizable an opening is also admirable considering Ferrell’s last starring vehicle, last summer’s ‘Land of the Lost‘ (which was co-written by ‘Other Guys’ screenwriter Chris Henchy and executive produced by McKay) grossed only $49.4 million in its entire theatrical run. I loved ‘The Other Guys’ and am very happy to see that other people did too.
Last week I wondered what would happen to ‘Dinner for Schmucks,’ which very nearly took the top spot. Well, I have my answer: it dropped. Hard. It landed down at the #5 spot, after ‘Inception,’ this week’s new 3-D dance movie ‘Step Up 3D‘ (which, it should be said, kind of underperformed given the box office of the past two ‘Step Up’ movies) and Angelina Jolie’s ‘Salt.’ Ouch. ‘Schmucks’ may have added another $10.5 million to its tally, but it’s doubtful that the movie will stick around much longer, especially with ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ opening this week.
The rest of the Top 10 is pretty much what you’d expect. ‘Grown Ups’ and ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice‘ fell out of the Top 10. Barring an act of God, they’ll remain out. But you know what is in the top 10? That’s right! ‘The Kids Are All Right‘! I erroneously predicted that this small gem would break into the Top 10 for the past few weeks now, but it’s finally done it! With $2.6 million, it is a solid #10 on the chart. Also sort of interesting: the fact that ‘Despicable Me,’ a low budget animated movie from a first-time studio (Illumination Entertainment) has cracked the $200 million barrier. This is sort of astounding, especially given that the movie is really only so-so.
Next week’s movies offer something for everyone: women (Julia Roberts in the adaptation of the bestselling memoir ‘Eat, Pray, Love’), macho men (‘The Expendables’ with a veritable who’s-who of washed up action movie talent including Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts and the movie’s writer-director Sylvester Stallone), and emo kids who used to play the original Nintendo machine (‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,’ which I have seen and loved).
The Top 10:
01 ‘The Other Guys’ (Sony) – $35.6 million
02 ‘Inception’ (Warner Bros) – $18.6 million
03 ‘Step Up 3D’ (Disney) – $15.5 million
04 ‘Salt’ (Sony) – $11.1 million
05 ‘Dinner for Schmucks’ (Paramount) – $10.5 million
06 ‘Despicable Me’ (Universal) – $9.4 million
07 ‘Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore’ (Warner Bros) – $6.9 million
08 ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ (Universal) – $4.7 million
09 ‘Toy Story 3’ (Disney/Pixar) – $3 million
10 ‘The Kids Are Alright’ (Universal) – $2.6 million