Inception Leads Box Office With $62.7 Million



Not that it comes as much surprise, but Inception took the top spot at the box office over the weekend. The Christopher Nolan film brought in $62.7 million, easily topping Despicable Me, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Twilight Eclipse.

Despicable Me took the second spot in its second weekend in release. The animated film hauled in $32.7M, bringing its domestic cume to $118.3M. Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was a big disappointment at the theater, but that’s not too much of a surprise. There didn’t seem to be a lot of interest in the Nicolas Cage fantasy film, and it landed in the third spot for a weekend gross of $17.3M. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film was released on Wednesday last week and it’s 5-day tally now stands at a meager $24.4M. This doesn’t bode well for a film with a budget of $150M. Disney will have to hope for a solid overseas haul.

Finishing up its third weekend at the theaters was Twilight Eclipse, taking the fourth slot. The movie fell over 57% from last week to drag in $13.5M, bringing its domestic total to $264.9M. Toy Story 3 finished up the top five this weekend, generating another $11.7M for its coffers. Pixar’s latest has now earned $362.7M in the US alone.

Rounding out the top ten are Grown Ups ($10M), The Last Airbender ($7.4M), Predators ($6.8M), Knight & Day ($3.7M) and The Karate Kid ($2.2M). Predators suffered the largest drop week to week, falling a whopping 72.5% from its opening weekend. Thankfully for Fox, the movie has already made back its $40M budget domestically and its worldwide cume sits at $77.6M. I don’t think we’ll be seeing a sequel or follow-up to this one though.

All in all, my predictions from Friday were pretty solid. I got the order of the films 100% this time, and I got the top 3 almost dead on. I did over-estimate Predators (significantly), Eclipse and Toy Story 3 though. Oh well…can’t win them all!