The Other Guys Arrest Inception ‘s Streak

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After three weeks at #1, Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Inception (Warner Bros.) was knocked out of the top position by the latest collaboration between Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay, the police comedy The Other Guys, co-starring Mark Wahlberg, which grossed an estimated $35.6 million in 3,651 theaters its opening weekend. Averaging roughly $9,700 per location, it’s Ferrell’s second-biggest opening weekend after Talladega Nights, also directed by McKay. The Other Guys is Sony’s fourth $35 million plus opening in a row this summer, which is quite impressive considering the generally down attitude towards the summer’s offerings.

Nolan’s Inception took second place with $18.6 million, down just 32% from last week, having grossed $227.7 million in four weeks, surpassing Batman Begins to make it Nolan’s second-highest grossing movie after 2008’s The Dark Knight. Internationally, the film added $46.6 million for an overseas total of $250 million and worldwide total of $477.7 million.

The third chapter in Disney’s on-going dance franchise, Step Up 3D failed to achieve the success of the previous two installments, with an estimated opening weekend gross of $15.5 million with heavy frontloading to its Friday opening of $6.6 million. That opening is down both from the original 2006 movie’s $20.6 million opening and the 2008 sequel’s $18.9 million opening.

Angelina Jolie’s spy thriller Salt (Sony) took in $11.1 million in its third weekend for fourth place with a total gross of $92 million. It’s currently set up to pass the $101 million gross of Gone in 60 Seconds, but it’s likely to stop short of the $130 million grossed by both Lara Croft Tomb Raider and Wanted. Salt added $16.9 million internationally and has reach $62.8 million in foreign markets.

Jay Roach’s dark comedy Dinner for Schmucks (Paramount), starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis, dropped 55% from its opening weekend to fifth place with $10.5 million and $46.7 million after ten days.

In sixth place, the animated family comedy Despicable Me crossed $200 million over the weekend with another $9.4 million. Its $209.4 million gross so far makes it the eighth-highest grossing movie of 2010, and it’s looking set to surpass DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon to become the third-highest animated movie of the year.

Warner Bros. CG talking animal comedy Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore dropped to seventh place with $6.9 million and $26.4 million total, while the drama Charlie St. Cloud (Universal) starring Zac Efron also took a hit in its second weekend, dropping 62% to $4.7 million for eighth place.

Lee Unkrich’s Toy Story 3 (Disney•Pixar) continues to edge closer to $400 million with another $3 million for ninth place and a total of $396 million domestically. The animated hit earned $29.4 million internationally over the weekend to push its total to $498.7 million and worldwide sum to $885.7 million.

Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features) rounded out the Top 10, having added another hundred theaters to pull in $2.6 million for a total gross of $14 million after just over a month.

The Top 10 grossed $118 million, down 6% from last year when Stephen Sommers’ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Paramount) won the weekend with $54 million, followed by Amy Adams and Meryl Streep as Julie & Julia (Sony) in 2nd with $20 million.

Opening in limited release, it was a battle of the coming-of-age films as Rob Reiner’s Flipped (Warner Bros.) grossed twice as much as Joel Schumacher’s Twelve (Hannover House) despite opening in five times fewer theaters. Flipped ended up with $234 thousand in 45 theaters compared to Twelve‘s $107 thousand in 231 theaters, the latter estimating a pitiful $463 per site. Flipped is scheduled to go wide on August 27.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.

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