‘The Other Guys’ Dethrone ‘Inception’ at Weekend Box Office
Aided by positive reviews and a stellar marketing campaign, ‘The Other Guys’ debuted in the top spot with $35.5 million, an unusually high figure for an action comedy.
Despite slipping to second place, ‘Inception’ still grossed over $18.5 million, declining only 33% from last weekend.
In third place, newly released dance film ‘Step Up 3-D’ flopped with only $15.8 million, easily becoming the lowest-grossing entry to date in the series.
An buddy cop comedy in the vein of ‘Rush Hour’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘The Other Guys’ stars Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as detectives Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz, two hapless, pencil-pushing office workers who dream of one day making it as field agents. However, when the agency’s star policemen are killed on the job, their dreams become a sudden reality, as the bumbling duo struggle to stay afloat in a high-octane, violent world of guns, girls, fast cars, and action.
‘The Other Guys’ opening weekend currently stands as star Will Ferrell’s highest since his 2006 hit ‘Talladega Nights’, providing a much needed career boost after the commercial failure of his previous film ‘Land of the Lost’.
Additionally, ‘The Other Guys’ more than doubled the opening gross of Bruce Willis’s recent police comedy ‘Cop Out’, which opened to merely $18 million in February.
The weekend’s biggest success story however was still ‘Inception’, which raised its overall domestic total to $227.7 million with its weekend earnings. According to film site Box Office Mojo, its current decline of 33% was the smallest of all the week’s releases, raising its chances of earning over $300 million by the end of its run.
As well as its domestic gross, ‘Inception’ has also grossed $250 million overseas after two weeks in wide release, leading to a total worldwide take of over $477 million.
In fourth place, Angelina Jolie’s spy thriller ‘Salt’ declined a standard 44% to $10.9 million dollars, raising its domestic total to $92 million.
Steve Carell’s new comedy ‘Dinner for Schmucks’ was less fortunate however, and declined over 56% to $10.4 million in fifth place. One of the actor’s least successful films to date, ‘Schmucks’ has so far grossed a modest $42.7 million after two weeks in U.S. theatres.
Top Box Office Hits
- The Other Guys - $35.5 million
- Inception - $18.5 million
- Step Up 3-D - $15.8 million
- Salt - $10.9 million
- Dinner With Schmucks - $10.4 million
- Despicable Me - $9.3 million
- Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore - $6.9 million
- Charlie St. Cloud - $4.7 million
- Toy Story 3 - $3.1 million
- The Kids Are All Right - $2.6 million