CATEGORIES New Releases, Box Office, Movie News, UK Box Office, New Releases, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeThe $60 million number for Inception isn't exactly one for the record books, but it is one of the best openings ever for an original vision -- a film that isn't a remake, sequel, or adaptation. The only ones to beat it are Avatar, a few Pixar flicks, a couple Roland Emmerich mass-kill flicks, Bruce Almighty, and Hancock. The number is even more impressive for a brainy, difficult movie that some prominent critics did not understand. (I love that headline.) With good word of mouth, it should end up with more money in the bank than at least two of the Matrix movies, and possibly all three. And with luck, its success will encourage smart and ambitious Hollywood flicks to be produced on a big budget. Hey, a guy can dream, right?
Less good fortune for the Nic Cage/Jay Baruchel family flick The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which made under $25 million in five days. A stunning outcome, really, given the intensity with which it was marketed and the anodyne fantasy plot -- with or without Cage and director Jon Turteltaub, the thing basically screamed National Treasure. Maybe it looked too cookie-cutter to most, more Eragon than Harry Potter.
Predators took an epic tumble with the arrival of Inception, falling more than 70% -- a number more typically seen of teen horror flicks, which I guess, in a way, this is. On the other hand, the critically ignored Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups is turning into one of the summer's strongest stalwarts, hanging in there at $130 million and counting after opening to $40. Also going strong is Toy Story 3, which still seems unlikely to beat Shrek 2 for the all-time animation crown, but will probably get to $400 million.
The full top 10 after the jump.
1 - Inception (WB) - $60.4 ($15,928) - new - $60.4
2 - Despicable Me (Universal) - $32.7 ($9,350) - 42% - $118.4
3 - The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Disney) - $17.3 ($4,958) - new - $24.5
4 - Eclipse (Summit) - $13.5 ($3,374) - 57% - $264.9
5 - Toy Story 3 (Disney) - $11.7 ($3,696) - 44% - $362.7
6 - Grown Ups (Sony) - $10.0 ($3,253) - 37% - $129.3
7 - The Last Airbender (Paramount) - $7.5 ($2,656) - 55% - $114.8
8 - Predators (Fox) - $6.8 ($2,548) - 73% - $40.1
9 - Knight & Day (Fox) - $3.7 ($1,922) - 52% - $69.2
10 - The Karate Kid (Sony) - $2.2 ($1,436) - $169.2
Next week: One of the summer's question marks in Salt, and low-key family counterprogramming in the form of Ramona and Beezus.