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‘The Other Guys’ Beats ‘Inception’ For #1; ‘Step Up 3D’ Takes Big Leap Backwards

SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM UPDATE: It’s looking like a down box office weekend in the U.S. and Canada with total grosses of $133 million, which is -9% compared to last year’s. Here are Friday’s and Saturday’s numbers with weekend and cume grosses:

1. The Other Guys (Sony) expectedly knocked off Inception as the #1 domestic movie with a right-on-target $13.2 million Friday and $12.6 million Saturday and an estimated $9.8 million today from 3,651 theaters. That was a very big $35.6M opening weekend for the $90M budget buddy cop comedy. Sony Pictures’ summer hit streak (Karate Kid – $173M, Grown Ups – $152M, Salt - $78M) continues with what the studio believes will be another strong performer this weekend. Opening weekend exit surveys showed the gender breakdown for the film skewed male (56%) and somewhat younger with 55% under 25,  including 18% under 17.

If the Adam McKay pic had tanked, then Will Ferrell’s career would have tanked with it after Land Of The Lost. But The Other Guys opened as Will’s 2nd biggest pic and 2nd highest with McKay. Together, they’re 3 for 3: Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers. The film was helped considerably by Ferrell’s and Mark Wahlberg’s willingness to sell it anywhere and everywhere. ”Our stars did a ton for us — all of the talk shows and lots of print coverage,” a Sony exec told me. “I think the one that really stood out included Will and Mark at Comic-Con where they hosted quite possibly the funniest panel in its history.” (… Read More »

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‘Inception’ Passed $200 Million Last Night

Chris Nolan’s Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures film has made $201.7M in 19 days.

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It’s Official: Warner Bros Only Studio To Pass $1B Domestic For 10 Straight Years

I already reported this, but here’s the official Warner Bros announcement:

BURBANK, CA – July 26, 2010 – On Sunday, July 25th, Warner Bros. Studios became the only studio in history to surpass $1 billion at the domestic box office for ten years in a row. In addition, the division has crossed the billion-dollar threshold for eleven of the past twelve years. The announcement was made by Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution.

The studio passed the billion-dollar mark on the heels of the blockbuster success of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” which has topped the weekend box office in its first two weeks in release and has taken in $142.9 million to date. Beginning the year, Warner Bros. was still enjoying the success of Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes,” which had just opened on Christmas Day 2009. The studio also scored hits with Alcon Entertainment’s action adventure “The Book of Eli”; New Line Pictures’ ensemble romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day,” directed by Garry Marshall; the epic action adventure “Clash of the Titans”; and “Sex and the City 2,” New Line’s follow up to its 2008 hit based on the enormously popular television show.

In making the announcement, Fellman said, “This is an extraordinary milestone for our studio, and it reflects the enormous talent and dedication of a large roster of people, both on and off the screen. We are very proud of what we have achieved, not only this year, but

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Angelina Jolie’s ‘Salt’ Spices Up Weekend; But Chris Nolan’s ‘Inception’ Still Big No. 1

SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM UPDATE: These numbers will be refined in the morning. But sources have given me early North American grosses now for the Top 10. Hollywood expected Inception to hold well in the large markets and on both coasts and it did with a $43.5 million second weekend and new domestic cume of $143.6M. But Salt definitely put some pepper into Friday’s and Saturday’s box office with a $36.5 million weekend. Thanks to these big #1 & #2, the overall weekend grosses looks like $160M, or +12% from last year. The other newcomer  Ramona and Beezus joined an already crowded family film market and finished with $8 million: Read More »

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Nolan’s ‘Inception’ Passes $100M In 7 Days

The Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures’ Inception is now only the 5th film this year to gross over $100M in its first week of release joining Toy Story 3, Alice In Wonderland, Iron Man 2, and the Twilight Saga: Eclipse. But it’s the only 2D original film to do so. Warner Bros says the official number going into today is $100,155,000.

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‘Inception’ Could Pass $100M Thursday PM


That’s domestic grosses over just 7 days’ time. Monday’s take for Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures was a surprisingly large $10.19M. Hollywood was right: Chris Nolan’s 2D pic has strong legs.

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‘Inception’ Worldwide Total: $76 Million

Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures’ Inception generated an estimated $15.6M internationally with nearly 2.7M admissions from 1,753 screens in 7 markets. The studio plans a 3-week overseas roll-out for Chris Nolan’s pic. This weekend, the UK delivered an outstanding £5.6M ($8.6M) from 451 situations nationwide, marking the biggest opening ever for a Leonardo DiCaprio film in that country. Inception dominated the weekend at #1 with a commanding 40% of the Top 5 market share. The pic also launched in these Asian markets — Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, and Thailand — and is estimated to top the charts throughout the region with an estimated $6.4M on 978 screens. Next weekend Inception opens in 29 additional countries, including: France, Russia, Australia, Korea, Japan, and Mexico. Then, from July 28th to August 1st, another 13 markets come on line, including Germany.

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‘Inception’ Dreams Up $60.4M Opener; ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Nightmare $17.3M

SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM UPDATE: Friday, Saturday, and weekend numbers for North America’s Top 5 movie grosses:

inception poster1. What an impressive start for the Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures mind-bending scifi thriller from 3,792 theaters, with Friday’s $21.6 million (including $3M midnight shows in 1,600 locations) and Saturday’s $21.5 million. The studio pegged the weekend opening at $60.4M, solid for a 2D film, against a $150M budget. Audiences rated it an overall ”B+”  Cinemascore, with the under-25 crowd giving it an “A”. Then again, this is Summer 2010′s most anticipated film because of Chris Nolan’s incredible track record for critically acclaimed big box office actioners (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) as well as smaller psychological dramas (Memento and Insomnia) films — and Inception represents both genres. (By the way, have you seen Inception’s comic book preview? This rather innovative marketing gimmick is  here.) This gives star Leonardo DiCaprio his biggest debut ever, out-grossing the mid-February opening of his Shutter Island with Marty Scorsese. Also, the IMAX screenings of Inception accounted for 12% of the weekend gross with an amazing $7 million in 197 locations: the best ever for an IMAX 2D title.

But I’ve rarely seen Hollywood all over the map when it came to a movie’s expected 3-day weekend grosses like this time. That’s because this was an original film not easily explained in a 30-second spot. Rival studios gave me predictions ranging from a low of $40sM to a high of $60M — and everything inbetween. Especially because, surprisingly, tracking didn’t jump quite … Read More »

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