Inception remained in first place on Tuesday with $6.07 million. Warner's acclaimed sci-fi action film has now led the daily box office for twelve consecutive days. Inception was unchanged from Monday and was down a very solid 38 percent from last Tuesday. Yesterday saw Inception reach the $150 million domestic milestone. The film has grossed $155.02 million to date and is on course to zoom past the $200 million mark sometime next week. Given its strong holding power and the lack of a blockbuster level release this weekend, it is quite likely that Inception will remain at the top of the box office for a third straight weekend.
A day after experiencing a sharp Monday decline, Sony's Salt stabilized greatly on Tuesday with a second place take of $4.38 million. The action-thriller starring Angelina Jolie was up 6 percent from Monday. The Tuesday hold strongly suggests that Monday's drop-off had much more to do with the film skewing towards older audiences than it did early word of mouth. That means that much like the recent Knight and Day, Salt could see stronger weekend grosses and more subdued midweek grosses going forward. Salt has grossed $44.51 million in five days, placing it 28 percent behind the pace of 2008's Wanted.
Universal's Despicable Me continued to hold up quite nicely with a $3.62 million third place performance. The break-out computer animated film was up a healthy 15 percent over Monday and down 31 percent from last Tuesday. Even with the film losing some 3D screens to Warner's Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore on Friday, Despicable Me is still in good shape to experience another strong hold this coming weekend. Despicable Me has grossed $168.04 million to date and is now $31.96 million away from the $200 million milestone.
Fox's Ramona and Beezus remained in sixth place, but was up a strong 20 percent over Monday's already strong hold. Ramona and Beezus grossed $1.36 million for the day and surpassed the $10 million mark in the process. Given its appeal with family audiences, look for the film to continue to display strong midweek holding power throughout its run.