Warner's Inception is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as the Christopher Nolan directed film experienced its fourth straight impressive daily hold on Tuesday. Inception grossed $9.77 million for the day, which was down a slim 4 percent from Monday. Typically non-family summer event films experience first-Tuesday daily declines of at least 10 percent. The fact that Inception was already coming off a strong Monday hold makes Tuesday's hold even more impressive.
Inception topped the $80 million mark on Tuesday and currently boasts a five-day total of $82.74 million. Through its first five days, Inception is running 17 percent ahead of 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean (without taking into account ticket price inflation). Though it is still very early in the film's run, Inception is already displaying signs that strongly suggest that it will hold up exceptionally well throughout the rest of the summer. At its current pace Inception looks to be in store for a very strong second weekend hold.
Despicable Me remained in second place with $5.22 million. The break-out computer animated film from Universal was up a solid 7 percent over Monday and down 36 percent from last Tuesday. With a 12-day gross of $128.53 million, Despicable Me will top the $130 million mark today. Despicable Me continues to run slightly ahead of both 2006's Cars and 2008's Kung Fu Panda, which clearly makes its one of this summer's biggest surprises. Like Inception, Despicable Me also appears to be headed for a strong hold over the upcoming weekend.
After experiencing a sharp decline on Monday, Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice was able to stabilize a bit on Tuesday. The big-budget adventure film was up 8 percent over Monday with a third place take of $2.32 million. Though it opened only a bit below expectations, The Sorcerer's Apprentice has grossed a lackluster $29.17 million in its first week of release. The Sorcerer's Apprentice is currently running 8 percent behind the seven-day start of the recent Knight and Day.
A pair of the summer's biggest films continued to claim fourth and fifth places. Summit's Eclipse grossed $2.09 million on Tuesday, while Toy Story 3 followed closely behind with $2.06 million. Eclipse was up 3 percent from Monday and down 54 percent from last Tuesday. Toy Story 3 was up 9 percent over Monday and down 40 percent from last Tuesday. Eclipse is currently $31.08 million away from the $300 million milestone, while Toy Story 3 is now $33.08 million away from reaching $400 million.