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Inception Makes Way For The Other Guys To Come Out On Top - Week 14

Toy Story 3
Iron Man 2
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Inception
Despicable Me
Shrek Forever After
The Other Guys
Step Up 3D
It had to end sometime. Finally, another film was #1 and the box-office and this time it was The Other Guys. The Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg cop-comedy arrested $35.5 million. It was the second best opening for both actors: behind Talladega Nights for Will and behind the Planet of the Apes remake I'm still pretending never actually happened for Mark. That Apes movie was all just a bad dream… Please, someone, anyone, push me into the bath tub so I can wake up!

As the last big-name comedy of the season, The Other Guys should play well through the rest of the month and top Tropic Thunders' numbers when they were able to do the same thing two years ago.

Again, there seems to be a trend as Inception fell only in the 30 percentile range again with a 32.7% drop. The day-dreaming flick has now collected $227 million worth of sleepy dust and is just about to pass Shrek 4 on the Top 5 list of the season. With Despicable Me closing in, the green ogre might find its way out of the Top 5 altogether. It wasn't quite as 4ever as they hoped, huh?

Step-Up 3D made $15.8 million as the only other big release. Maybe if it was named Step-Out it would've been more of a draw in 3D. Seeing things go up in the 3D… not that impressive.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:

#1. Toy Story 3 - $396.4 million
#2. Iron Man 2 - $311.8 million
#3. Eclipse - $293.1 million
#4. Shrek 4 - $236.5 million
#5. Inception - $227.6 million

This Week
Ok, so pretty much all the heavy hitters are out of the way as far as the Top 5 goes and it's just about final placement. Now we can finally enjoy the films of August without any ulterior motives. Starting with…

The Expendables has the internet and 80's action fans abuzz. It's a seemingly fantastic cast of B-Grade movie stars with former A-Lister Sylvester Stallone. All we're missing are Steven Seagal and Jean Claude Van Damme (gesundheit). That said, the reality is most of these people's fans only rented these people's movies. Like I was going to actually pay $6 in the day to see Dolph Lundgren do anything outside of Rocky IV… Oh wait, I think I did actually pay to see Universal Soldiers and Showdown in Little Tokyo… I suck. Anyway, is there enough nostalgia in the world to actually make this movie a hit or will it be like Predators and open okay and then just fade into the netherworld? My guess is on the latter. That being said, I will be one of those paying $12 to see it this weekend :)

Meanwhile, the film that actually may be a real hit in the making is Julia Roberts' Eat Love Pray. It doesn't have the youth factor going for it that The Devil Wears Prada had, but this has been a summer outside of Eclipse that hasn't appealed to a lot of women and they're probably ready for something, anything, to get them interested in going out to a movie. With good reviews and strong word of mouth, this should make more than Predators and Expendables combined.

On the completely different side of everything is Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. The third film from the director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz seems like another perfect slice of heaven for those who enjoy the quirky side of life. Hopefully, it can pull some of that youth demo as adults will probably be siding with the actors they grew-up with. Otherwise, this is a crowded weekend to try and make a splash… or maybe the box-office world is just part of the world Scott Pilgrim is already having to fight against?! Keep fighting, Scott… Keep fighting.

by Matt Neuenburg on 08/09/2010

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Despicable Me, Inception, Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, Step Up 3D, The Other Guys, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Toy Story 3
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