Apparently I underestimated just about every movie last weekend, Inception hit it big with $42.7 million for number 1, just a 32% drop from the previous weekend while Salt outdid itself by opening to a more then satisfactory $36 million. The one movie that I did not underestimate was Ramona and Beezus, $7.8 million for 6th place.
Chris Nolan somehow managed to make another terrific movie without sacrificing his artistic integrity while at the same time making it enough of a cinematic experience to draw people into theaters yet again. Sure, this will never reach The Dark Knight heights when it comes to box office but for a similar movie that is not a sequel and doesn’t draw from any intellectual property, you’d have to go way back to the original Matrix back in 1999 to find something with this much success. Inception stands now at $148.9 million in 11 days (including Monday numbers) in North America and $234.6 million worldwide with many countries yet to have the movie open.
Salt with Angelina Jolie would have been number 1 if it wasn’t for the amazing hold of Inception, either way $36 million is great even when taking into account the rather large $110 million budget. This did another 4.1 million on Monday and now stands at $40.1 million.
Despicable Me continues to fly high with another $23.6 million for the weekend, enough to guarantee this animated movie will pass $200 million in North America.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice had a decent hold and brought $9.6 million $43.7 million in 13 days. Bound to finish with around $60 million, Disney must not be to happy right now. But good thing they have Toy Story 3 still in the top 5 after 6 weeks with $8.9 million for a North American total of $380.5 million and a worldwide grand total of $731.5 million with still a long way to go around the world.
Ramona and Beezus, as mentioned above, finished in 6th place while Grown Ups in 7th place with the best hold of the top 10 (-25%) and $7.4 million making it now the 4th highest grossing flick in Adam Sandler’s career. Just $20 million more and it will be number 1.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was 8th with $7.1 million and $280.9 total in North America and $607.3 million worldwide.
The Last Airbender and Predators finish the top 10. Airbender now stands at $123.3 million making it the 3rd biggest box office hit in M. Night’s career.