PREDICTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
July 30, 2010
1 Inception $31.2 million
2 Dinner for Schmucks $25.8 million
3 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore $21.3 million
4 Salt $19.9 million
5 Despicable Me $15.5 million
6 Charlie St. Cloud $14.7 million
7 Toy Story 3 $6.4 million
8 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice $5.4 million
9 Grown Ups $4.1 million
10 Ramona and Beezus $3.9 million
As predicted, director Christopher Nolan’s Inception defeated Angelina Jolie’s Salt last weekend to take the number one spot at the box office for a second week in a row. But will the buzz-worthy movie, which is already earning Oscar consideration, be able to defend its position against the new Steve Carell comedy Dinner for Schmucks or the family film Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore?
The answer seems to be … yes! If early predictions are correct, Inception, the long awaited sci-fi action thriller from director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) will be the number one film again this weekend for the third week in a row. The film stars an incredible cast of actors including Oscar nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page and Ken Watanabe, Oscar winners Marion Cotillard and Michael Caine, as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Lukas Haas. Last weekend the film was seen on 3,792 screens and despite dropping 32.0% from its debut still managed to earn roughly $11,267 on each for a weekend total of $42.7 million, bringing its total gross in just two weeks up to $142 million. The film is predicted to earn an additional $31.2 million this weekend, surpassing its $160 million purported budget costs.
Predicted to debut at number two this week is the workplace comedy Dinner for Schmucks starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Ron Livingston, Jemaine Clement, Bruce Greenwood and Zach Galifianakis. The film is predicted to earn around $25.8 million this weekend. Currently the film has an average rating of a 3.4 on our site. Out of the ten people who have rated the film four have given it five stars while the trailer for the film has had over 14,000 views. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the new film. “Paul Rudd is excellent as the straight man who finds out that maybe he’s the biggest schmuck at the dinner. Steve Carell can elicit plenty of laughs, sometimes by his clever improvisations where he shows himself to be more of a noodge than a schmuck, and when the movie works, it goes over like a more than decent screwball comedy.”
Predicted to debut at number three this week is the sequel to the extremely successful family film Cats and Dogs, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. The film stars Chris O’Donnell (Batman Forever) along with an all-star cast of voice talent, which includes James Marsden (X2: X-Men United), Christina Applegate (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), comedian Katt Williams, Oscar nominee Nick Nolte (48 Hours) and the legendary Bette Midler (Ruthless People). The film is predicted to earn around $21.3 million this weekend. Currently the film has an average rating of a 2.5 on our site. Out of the seven people who have rated the film only two have given it five stars while the trailer for the film has had over 3,000 views. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the new film. “WTF, they made a sequel? Boy Chris O’Donnell’s movie career is in the toilet. I didn’t even know he was still making movies. When was the last time he was in a good movie, I can’t remember?” Finally, another reader had this to say about it, “Well this movie proves that there is a God…. and he hates us!”
Predicted to drop two places to number four this week from its debut last week is Salt, the CIA espionage movie starring Angelina Jolie. In the film, Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent accused of being a Russian sleeper spy who must go on the run in order to clear her name. The film also stars Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (2012). Last week the film was seen on 3,612 screens, earning $9,970 on each for an opening weekend total of $36.0 million, which is still a far cry from earning back its $110 million production costs. The movie is predicted to earn an additional $19.9 million this weekend.
Predicted to round off the top five this week but fall two places back from last week is Universal’s animated film Despicable Me. The film, which centers around the world’s greatest villain taking on the new challenge of raising three adorable little orphan girls, boasts an all-star cast of comedic voices including Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Julie Andrews, Danny McBride and Ken Jeong. Despite dropping 27.8% last week the film was shown in an additional 99 theaters, earning $6,580 on each of its 3,600 screens for a weekend total of $23.6 million. As of last week the film had earned over $161 million in just three weeks of release, surpassing its $69 million production costs. The film is predicted to earn an additional $15.5 million this weekend.