The Other Guys knocks Inception from the top of the box office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

INCEPTION continues to do incredible at the box office, but it was only a matter of time before it lost the #1 spot.  It’s not surprising that THE OTHER GUYS had a successful opening, but it’s a little surprising how well it has been received by critics and audiences alike.  The other new movie this weekend was STEP UP 3D, which did well enough for a third place opening.  That may seem disappointing, but given the fact this movie was a punchline for most of the world, you can’t help but be impressed by the fact it managed a top five finish.

Next week is just a ridiculously packed weekend.  EXPENDABLES, SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD and EAT, PRAY, LOVE all opening on the same weekend just doesn’t make sense to me.  I see opening a Julia Roberts film opposite Sylvester Stallone or Michael Cera, but I don’t understand why EXPENDABLES is opening the same weekend as PILGRIM.  Although they’re different movies for sure, they appeal to the same general audience and I think both films could have been helped by being released at least a week apart from each other.

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in The Other Guys

1. The Other Guys $35.6  million

2. Inception $18.7  million

3. Step Up 3D $15.4  million

4. Salt $11  million

5. Dinner For Schmucks $10.5  million

6. Despicable Me 3D $8.9  million

7. Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore $7  million

8. Charlie St. Cloud $4.9  million

9. Toy Story 3 $3  million

10. Grown Ups $2.4 million

Source: Deadline, Box Office Mojo

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