On the eve of 'Inception,' 'Despicable Me' continues to lead the way.

$85.6 Million for ‘Despicable Me’ in First Week

on July 16, 2010 by Daniel Garris

Universal's Despicable Me rounded out its first week in theatres with another first place finish on Thursday. The break-out computer animated film from Illumination Entertainment grossed $6.40 million for the day. After holding up quite well the past few days, Despicable Me did lose a bit of momentum heading into the weekend as it was down 11 percent from Wednesday. However, it should be noted that a number of wide releases fell at least 10 percent from Wednesday. Furthermore, Despicable Me is still in good shape to experience a very solid second weekend hold. Despicable Me grossed $85.63 million in its first seven days, which easily made it the week's top film and places it 6.5 percent ahead of the pace of last summer's Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

Warner's highly anticipated Inception was off to a solid estimated Midnight start of $3.0 million. Those grosses will be counted towards today's opening day performance for the film. Check back tomorrow and throughout the weekend for the latest updates on Inception.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was up one spot from Wednesday to claim second place. The third installment of Summit's fantasy franchise grossed $3.44 million for the day. That was down a solid 8 percent from Wednesday, but still down a sizable 57 percent from last Thursday. Yesterday saw Eclipse cross the $250 million mark. Eclipse finished in second for the week with $47.71 million and has grossed $251.37 million through 16 days of release.

After a slow start on Wednesday, The Sorcerer's Apprentice held up well on Thursday for a Wednesday release. Disney's big-budget adventure film starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel finished in third with a daily take of $3.21 million. The Sorcerer's Apprentice was down 17 percent from Wednesday and continues to perform similarly to the recent Knight and Day, which grossed $3.48 million and fell 9 percent on its first Thursday. The Sorcerer's Apprentice has grossed $7.09 million in its first two days of release and looks to be headed for a disappointing five-day start in the neighborhood of $26 million.

Toy Story 3 remained in fourth place with $2.51 million and in the process became the first release of 2010 to reach the $350 million mark. The acclaimed computer animated sequel from Disney and Pixar was down 16 percent from Wednesday and down 51 percent from last Thursday. Toy Story 3 finished in fourth for the week with $32.74 million. With a four-week gross of $350.97 million, Toy Story 3 is now $49.03 million away from the $400 million milestone.

Fox's Predators continued to fall off quickly as it slid 11 percent from Wednesday with a daily gross of $1.67 million. The sci-fi action sequel had a nice opening day last Friday, but has lost major momentum in the days since then. With that said, Predators was still able to claim third place for the week with a first week gross of $33.28 million. Look for Predators to experience a very sharp second weekend decline this weekend.

Tags: Predators, Toy Story 3, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Inception, Despicable Me

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