Warner's Inception led the daily box office for the thirteenth consecutive day on Wednesday. The acclaimed sci-fi action thriller grossed $5.52 million for the day and in the process topped the $160 million mark. Inception was down 9 percent from Tuesday and down a solid 38 percent from last Wednesday. The 13-day start for Inception stands at $160.54 million, placing it 16 percent ahead of the pace of 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean (without adjusting for ticket price inflation). Inception has already generated a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 2.56 to 1 and is in great position to top the weekend box office for a third straight frame.
Salt remained in second place on Wednesday with $3.65 million, but was down a sharp 17 percent from Tuesday. One day after Tuesday's impressive daily hold, Salt experienced Wednesday's largest daily percentage decline among wide releases. However, with Salt skewing more towards older moviegoers, the film could still hold up fairly well over the weekend. Salt has grossed $48.16 million in six days and will cross the $50 million mark today. Salt is currently running 26 percent behind the pace of 2008's Wanted.
Despicable Me held steady in third with $3.31 million. Universal's highly successful computer animated film was down 8 percent from Tuesday and down a healthy 26 percent from last Wednesday. Despicable Me topped the $170 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $171.35 million through 20 days of release. That leaves Despicable Me only $28.65 million away from the $200 million milestone and makes it the highest grossing domestic release from Universal since 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum.
Disney's Toy Story 3 was up one spot from Tuesday to finish in third on Wednesday with $1.31 million. Toy Story 3 experienced the day's best daily hold among wide releases, as it was down only 5 percent from Tuesday and down 25 percent from last Wednesday. The 41-day gross for Toy Story 3 stands at $383.28 million, leaving the film $16.72 million away from the $400 million mark.
Ramona and Beezus was also up one spot on Wednesday. The family film from Fox rounded out the day's top five with $1.20 million, which was down 11 percent from Tuesday. Thanks in part to very solid midweek business, Ramona and Beezus has grossed $11.49 million through its first six days.