For the 20th time over the past 21 days, Warner's Inception led the daily box office on Thursday. The sci-fi blockbuster from writer/director Christopher Nolan grossed $3.62 million. That was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down 32 percent from last Thursday, as the film continues to showcase strong holding power. Inception was the week's top film with $43.30 million and has now grossed $209.13 million through three weeks of release. While Inception should hold up well once again this weekend, the film's three-week run at the top of the box office is expected to come to an end today with the unleashing of Sony's The Other Guys.
Paramount's Dinner for Schmucks rounded out its first week in theatres with another second place performance. The PG-13 comedy grossed $2.74 million, which was down 9 percent from Wednesday. Dinner for Schmucks held up fairly well from Monday through Wednesday, but Thursday's slide is a poor sign heading into the weekend, especially with the film likely to take a big direct hit from The Other Guys. Dinner for Schmucks has grossed a respectable $36.25 million in its first seven days. That was good enough for second this week and places the film 13 percent ahead of the pace of the recent Date Night.
Despicable Me remained in third place with $2.31 million and crossed the $200 million mark in the process. The break-out computer animated film from Universal and Illumination Entertainment reached the $200 million milestone in 28 days and is the eighth release of 2010 to do so thus far. The performance of Despicable Me has been especially impressive when considering the film was significantly less expensive than most high-profile computer animated films. Despicable Me finished in fourth place for the week with $25.20 million.
Sony's Salt remained in fourth with $2.20 million. The action-thriller starring Angelina Jolie was down 5 percent from Wednesday and down a very solid 35 percent from last Thursday. Salt topped the $80 million mark on Thursday and should surpass the $90 million mark by the end of the weekend. Salt finished in third for the week with $29.32 million, which was down 43 percent from its opening week performance.
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore rounded out the daily top five for a third consecutive day. Warner's 3D sequel grossed $1.67 million, which was down 6 percent from Wednesday. For the week Cats & Dogs 2 finished in fifth place with $19.53 million. That was below expectations and represented a very disappointing start given the film's price tag and higher-priced 3D engagements.
Charlie St. Cloud continued to lose momentum on Thursday as the Universal release was down 9 percent from Wednesday. The Zac Efron vehicle held steady in sixth with $1.35 million. Though it has generated strong internet buzz, the film's performance at the box office hasn't been anywhere near as impressive. Charlie St. Cloud grossed $18.80 million in its first week of release, which placed it in sixth for the frame.