Warner's Inception rounded out its second week in theatres on Thursday with its 14th consecutive first place performance at the daily box office. The sci-fi action film from writer/director Christopher Nolan grossed $5.29 million for the day. That was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down a solid 38 percent from last Thursday. Inception led the weekly box office with $65.67 million, which was down just 34 percent from the film's first week gross and brings the film's two-week total to an impressive $165.83 million. Given the film's midweek performance and tremendous word of mouth, Inception is expected to remain at the top of the box office once again this weekend. At its current pace, Inception is set to clear the $200 million mark sometime next week.
Despicable Me experienced one of the day's better holds, as the film was up one spot from Wednesday to finish in second. Universal's computer animated film grossed $3.46 million, which was up 4 percent over Wednesday and down a slim 25 percent from last Thursday. For the week Despicable Me finished in third with $37.21 million. That brings the film's three-week total to a much better than expected $174.81 million. Though Despicable Me will lose 3D screen time to Warner's Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore this weekend, the film is only losing 6 locations in the process. With that in mind, Despicable Me should be able to hold up nicely once again this weekend.
Sony's Salt fell 7 percent and one spot from Wednesday to place in third on Thursday. The Angelina Jolie vehicle grossed $3.40 million for the day. After a very nice daily hold on Tuesday, Salt lost significant momentum on both Wednesday and Thursday. That isn't a good sign heading into the weekend, though with Salt skewing more towards older moviegoers, the film could still rebound over the weekend. Salt finished in second for the week with $51.56 million. That places the film 26 percent behind the $70.14 million first week gross of 2008's Wanted.
The week's other wide release, Fox's Ramona and Beezus, fell 2 percent and one spot on Thursday. The family film grossed $1.17 million for the day and a respectable $12.66 million in its first week of release. That places the film 8 percent ahead of the pace of 2007's Nancy Drew. Ramona and Beezus held up very well during the midweek, but could experience a bit of a drop-off over the weekend before stabilizing during the midweek once again next week.
On the limited front, The Kids Are All Right grossed $0.31 million. That was good enough for eleventh place for the day and was up 1 percent from Wednesday. The indie comedy from Focus continues to post impressive per-locations averages, as the film averaged $1,527 while playing in 201 locations on Thursday. The Kids Are All Right has grossed $6.11 million in three weeks of limited release and will receive a major expansion this weekend with the film set to play in 847 locations beginning today.