So Inception is the 4th movie this year to sit on top for at least 3 weekends in a row. Avatar (5 weekends, came out last year), Alice in Wonderland (3 weekends) and Shrek Forever After (3 weekends) are the other 3. Mighty impressive even considering that the competition for Inception this past weeks was rather lacking.
With $27.4 million Inception managed to score another consecutive win and stands so far at $197.6 million (including Monday) in 18 days in North America and a total of $369.1 million worldwide. I’m starting to think Chris Nolan might have made a deal with the devil, just like James Cameron. Inception is looking like it will finish with around $270 million in North America and $650 million or so worldwide.
In 2nd place we have Dinner of Schmucks opening with $23.5 million, pretty much in line with expectations. If this shows good legs in the coming weeks then it might finish north of $80 million in North America, not bad for a $69 million movie considering I’m not even counting what it will do Internationally (probably not as much as in the US but still).
Salt is in 3rd place with $19.4 million, good hold for this kind of action-spy movie. $73.6 million in 11 days and well on its way to finishing with at least $110 million proving once again that Ms. Jolie still has the touch.
Despicable Me with $15.5 million is still very strong and has banked so far $192.7 million in 25 days. When it will reach $200 million later this week, Despicable Me will become the 4th consecutive animated movie this year to pass that mark after How to Train Your Dragon ($217.5 million), Shrek Forever After ($235.7 million) and Toy Story 3 ($390.6 million). So basically 4 of the top 8 movies this year were computer animated pictures.
Charlie St. Cloud finished the top 5 by opening with $12.3 million, just little over $100.000 more then the other wide release this weekend, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. So Cats & Dogs, big disappointment, Charlie not so much since it only cost $44 million and is sure to do well on DVD and Blue-Ray.
Rounding out the top 10 are Toy Story 3 ($5.1 million, $390.6 million), Grown Ups ($4.5 and $151.3 million), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice ($4.4 and $52.7 million) and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($4 and $288.8 million).
One more thing to add is Toy Story 3 now stand at $827 million worldwide while the 3rd chapter of the Twilight Saga grossed so far $645.5 million worldwide. New Moon finished with $709 million worldwide so Eclipse will probably pass that number in the following weeks.