BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Inception’ Sleepwalks Its Way to $60.4 Million

Disney’s "Apprentice" is only able to conjure its way to third place.


Last week saw the third installment of the phenomenally popular Twilight film series, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, dropped nearly 50% after only ten days at the box office. This allowed Universal's new animated family film, Despicable Me to sweep in and take the top spot last week earning an impressive $60.1 million in its debut. But the animated film had its hands full this weekend defending its position from the new competition, which included director Christopher Nolan's long-awaited film Inception and Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage.

In fact, debuting at first place this weekend at the box office was Inception, the long awaited sci-fi action thriller from director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight). The film stars an incredible cast of actors including Oscar nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page and Ken Watanabe, Oscar winners Marion Cotillard and Michael Caine, as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Lukas Haas. The film was seen on 3,792 screens and earned roughly $15,928 on each for an opening weekend total of $60.4 million. But the film still has a ways to go if it wants to earn back its $160 million production cost.

Falling one place back from last week to number two is Universal's new animated film Despicable Me. The film, which centers around the world's greatest villain taking on the new challenge of raising three adorable little orphan girls, boasts an all-star cast of comedic voices including Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Julie Andrews, Danny McBride and Ken Jeong. The film dropped over 40% from last week but managed to pick up twenty-five theaters. The film was seen on 3,501 screens all together and earned roughly $4,958 on each for a weekend total of $32.7 million. The movie has now earned about $118 million in just two weeks of release surpassing its $69 million production costs.

Debuting at number three this week is Walt Disney Pictures' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, from super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The film is an updated version of the famous Mickey Mouse segment from the classic Disney animated film, Fantasia, and stars Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder, How To Train Your Dragon), Teresa Palmer (Bedtime Stories), Toby Kebbell (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) and Monica Bellucci (Shoot 'Em Up). The film, which got a head start by opening on Wednesday has made about $24.4 million since its release but only earned roughly $17.3 million over the weekend. The film was seen on 3,504 screens and made about $4,958 on each. But the film still has a far way to go if it hopes to earn back its $150 million production costs.

Dropping two places from last week to number four is The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, (Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film dropped another 57.4% this week and was actually seen in 467 less theaters than the week before. It earned around $4,958 on each of its 3,504 screens for a weekend total of around $13.5 million. The film has now grossed an impressive $264 million in just 3 weeks of release, which far surpasses it's purported $68 million production cost.

Finally, rounding off the top five this week and falling one place back from last week is the third chapter of the extremely successful Pixar series, Toy Story 3. The film features the return of Woody, Buzz and all your favorite toys along with an all-star cast of voice actors, which include Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jodi Benson, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Ned Beatty, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Kristen Schaal and Whoopi Goldberg. The film dropped nearly 44.1% from last week and was seen on 576 less theaters than the week before, earning about $3,696 on each of its 3,177 screens. The film earned an additional $11.7 million this weekend, bringing it's total gross to amazing $362 million in just five weeks of release, which far surpasses it's purported production cost of $200 million.

Continuing to do all right in limited release is the new independent film from acclaimed filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko (Laurel Canyon) entitled The Kids Are All Right. The film is about a happy lesbian couple raising two teen-age kids who finally decide that they would like to meet their biological father. The movie stars a fantastic cast of critically acclaimed actors including Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland). Thanks in part to good reviews and good word of mouth the film managed to rise an astonishing 108.8% from its debut week and added thirty-one new theaters. The film earned $27,026 on each of its 38 screens for a weekend total of around $1 million. The movie has now earned $1.7 million in just two weeks of release, which is almost half of it's purported $4 million production cost.

Also doing well in limited release is the new Irish film Kisses. The movie opened on only two screens but managed to earn $7,300 on each for a weekend total of $14,600.

Next week will see the opening of one new film in wide release and two in limited release. First up and opening in wide release is Salt, the CIA espionage movie starring international superstar-actress Angelina Jolie. In the film, Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent accused of being a Russian sleeper spy who must go on the run in order to clear her name. The film also stars Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (2012).

Opening in limited release is Life During Wartime, writer/director Todd Solondz's part sequel/part variation on his acclaimed film Happiness. The film stars an eclectic cast of actors, which includes Allison Janney, Ciarán Hinds, Michael Lerner and Paul Reubens.

Also in limited release next week is Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, a documentary that chronicles the life and times of legendary Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner. So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!

Inception was released July 16th, 2010 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.

Despicable Me was released July 9th, 2010 and stars Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier. The film is directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud.

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  1. Dan


    5 years agoby @dan1Flag

  2. Dark enV

    I'm not expecting Salt to break $40 million, I'm expecting Inception to have a great 2nd week because of word of mouth and I think it'll hold on to the #1 spot again.

    5 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  3. Daveactor7

    Even though salt might take first place, it definitely will not beat inception as a better movie. Salt is another Jason Bourne pic. And with all those posters everywhere saying: who is salt? She is obviously gona be a spy in the end.

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  4. Dark enV

    Spintop! I've seen it 4 times already, I know that seems pretty sad LOL. I can't help it, it's so good to me haha.

    5 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  5. Diaigma

    If you're seeing Inception again this week, say "Spintop!" :P

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag



    Glad to hear The Sorceror's Apprentice was good. I actually may be seeing that one this weekend instead of Salt. SALT looks like a mix between BOURNE and ENEMY OF THE STATE. Sick of "framed-go on the run-find a way to prove yourself innocent" films.

    5 years agoby @the-screenwriterFlag

  7. Remy72883

    guys we have already discovered long ago that @Mrman3810 is a moron, is she wishes to loose out on a great film experience then so be it, and by boot legging the film its just proving she is not a true fan of cinema, just someone who joined the site to run her mouth

    5 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  8. Dan

    @Mrman3810 That's the worst predictions I've ever heard. And I'm with @DarkenV, you're disgracing Inception by bootlegging it. Go watch it in the theater, man.

    5 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. Dark enV

    @Mrman3810, by bootlegging a copy you're disgracing this movie. It's meant to be seen on the big screen. It's not that no one can explain it, it's just that no one wants to ruin anything, the movie explains itself, though it's story is complex you get at the least the basic and majority of the story and it's very enjoyable either way. Inception in 6th place!? That's the worst prediction I've heard in a long time, it just got 1st place this weekend and is being praised by viewers all over the country, even if Salt did get #1 (which I don't think it will) what else is out there to knock Inception down to 6th? Desp*cable Me? Been out for 2 weeks already and will probably hit another $20 million. Sorcerer's Apprentice? Don't make me laugh. Eclipse? Losing a ton of steam after a very front-loaded opening. Toy Story 3? Been out for almost a month now, no way it's going to contend with a movie that's getting this much praise and has only been out for a week. Those were the top 5 films from the previous week. No possible way Inception is finishing at #6. The worst it'll get is #2 but I see #1 again for a very strong 2nd week.

    5 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  10. slysnide

    "Inception" now at $76,000,000.

    5 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  11. Daveactor7

    Salt doesn't look that good. Looks just like another bourne movie

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  12. Superman81

    They need to go ahead and update the numbers cause Inception actually did almost 3 million more dollars for the weekend. It came in at 62.8 million dollars! and with word of mouth i think it will still be number 1 next weekend with Salt a very close #2

    5 years agoby @superman81Flag

  13. Dark enV

    @daveactor7, don't remind me of that movie. I had to wait for two weeks to get over how upset I was with it, then Inception came out and made me forget all about it. LOL

    5 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  14. Daveactor7

    I feel so bad for the people who wasted money to see last airbender

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  15. Daveactor7

    Inception was, in my opinion, better then all of the matrix films. Inception had a fantastic script, acting, cinematography, a haunting music score, and visual effects. Im sure Christopher Nolan will win an oscar for this and the movie will pick up other numerous awards as well.

    5 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  16. Justhim_sir

    Inception was tight, but I can't say that it is classic like matrix films because not sure of repeat viewings, I could watch it one time since I did kind of fell asleep near the end but that was bcuz of the temperature, too much cold makes me sleepy.

    5 years agoby @justhim-sirFlag

  17. ed_wood

    Glad to see its number one, best of the year so far. Sorcerers Apprentice was a good family movie, my daughter loved it.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  18. WiseGuy

    Niceeeeeeee. Glad seeing this at the number 1 spot, it surely deserves it. 5 out of 5 stars, epic, Nolan's true masterpiece, and by far the best of the year.

    5 years agoby @zgcorleone072Flag

  19. Dark enV

    @TheDude1, understandable, yeah it is one of his smaller ones but it was a feature length so that's why I mentioned it.

    5 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  20. Dan

    I consider Nolan and Kubrick to be the same caliber of each other, and not all of Kubrick's movies were that earth shattering to me. Eyes Wide Shut was one of his weaker attempts in my opinion. Still good, and I wouldn't bash it too hard being his last, but his weakest. That doesn't deter me from believing he had the mojo though, much as Nolan does.

    5 years agoby @dan1Flag

  21. the Narrator

    @TheDude1, I know his track record, I am a huge Nolan fan. But I am simply saying calling him god or anything of the sort is clearly an exaggeration that only fanboys would say. At the end of the day, he is flesh and blood, and capable of making mistakes. Look at M. Night. His first 4 movies were great ,and he was to be the next Spielberg as some say. Look what happened.

    That said, Nolan seems to be a steady film maker, only taking on original projects and or projects he knows he can do well with.

    Still, it simply takes the effect of the movie away when you over-hype a director, because if and when he lets you down you will either overlook it because you worship him, or be disappointed by it. It's dangerous to do that.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  22. Ultimatum


    5 years agoby @theultimatumFlag

  23. TheDude1

    @dark-env You are correct. I meant to say 6 big movies. Following was a small movie and Memento was his first big movie in his career.

    5 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  24. joekerr2e

    @Dark_enV , I haven't even heard of "Following", but I've never hit Nolan up on IMDb either. Ton of great reviews, so I'm downloading it now from Netflix.

    5 years agoby @joekerr2eFlag

  25. Diaigma

    Fantastic. Inception wins! :P

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  26. Dark enV

    @TheDude1, correction. Nolan has made 7 films and none of them are bad. Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and Inception. :)

    5 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  27. TheDude1

    @narrator Nolan has made 6 movies and none of them are bad. I think that is enough to call him a God of movie making.

    5 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  28. CelluloidDreams

    "Inception" was epic!! A+ Christopher Nolan saved Summer 2010!!!

    5 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  29. the Narrator

    Lol, enough with the Nolan/Cameron, TDK/Avatar comparing. If Nolan was to be compared with any director it should be Kubrick and possibly Spielberg (in his more innovative days).

    That said, Nolan is in a class of his own. However, I still don't think we should over-hype him. Calling him great is one thing. Calling him god is ridiculous. He is still capable of making a disappointing movie. For now lets just cherish his so far perfect score. :)

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  30. kingbrady

    Sorcerer's Apprentice is a good film for family its a failure considering the take it took....Inception was not only brilliant but stunning visuals and great story...i wasnt keen on how the story would go but that was amazingly well done....gonna see it again maybe Tuesday...great cast..Tom Hardy played a great comedic role

    5 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

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