For the 16th to18th weekend, we had two new movies which entered the U.S. Box office. They were Christopher Nolan’s Inception and Jon Turteltaub’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
It is truly nice when an original piece of work gets all the praise and reward it deserves and undoubtedly this time it was for Inception making $60M in its first three days of release. Well it looks as though it has earned back more than one third of its original budget of 160 million in a matter of three days.
Furthermore for Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception would be the biggest opening of all-time after Shutter Island ($41 million) which opened this year while Director Christopher Nolan holds this record for The Dark Knight which opened with $158M in 200, but he should be quite satisfied with this great opening which turns out to be the 6th biggest opening of the year so far.
Despicable Me Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin’s animated flick crossed the $100 million mark in only its second week of release after its weekend earnings of 32 million. This is still only a little more than half of the massive weekend earnings of Inception.
While the first and the second places are occupied by Inception and Despicable Me, respectively The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in its first weekend of release gets hold of the third place with $17.4 million and $24.5 million in cumulative box office since a Wednesday.
The teen vampire flick, Twilight Saga : Eclipse is holding on to one of the top 5 positions with a $13.5 million weekend haul and hence takes its domestic gross to $265 million.
Right behind Eclipse is Toy Story 3 this summer’s blockbuster which earned in another $11.7 million taking its gross to $362.7 million. As for the top 10s Toy Story 3 is so far the number one highest grossing movie of the year while Eclipse is still 100 million behind it and also $32M behind final gross of its prequel New Moon.
Predators could be said to be performing quite badly since it dropped like a rock this past weekend going from 3rd to 7th place. Having said that Predators is still considered to be a success since its initial budget of $ 40 has been covered up by its domestic earnings
During the next weekend we will see the release of Salt starring Angelina Jolie and hence Inception could expect some competition but with plenty of time ahead for Salt’s release Inception could spread enough and more news about this classic movie.
Until next weekend let’s keep our fingers crossed
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