Warner's Inception continued to lead the daily box office on Wednesday. The sci-fi blockbuster grossed $3.79 million for the day and has now led the daily box office for 19 of the past 20 days. Inception was down 8 percent from Tuesday and down a healthy 31 percent from last Wednesday, which represented one of the day's better holds among wide releases. The 20-day total for Inception stands at $205.51 million. Inception has now topped the $205.34 million total gross of 2005's Batman Begins to become the second highest grossing film of director Christopher Nolan's career. However, Inception still has a way to go before it tops the $253.40 million inflation adjusted gross of Batman Begins.
Dinner for Schmucks finished in second place for a fifth straight day. The PG-13 comedy from Paramount was down a respectable 12 percent from Tuesday with $3.00 million on Wednesday. Dinner for Schmucks has grossed $33.50 million in its first six days of release as the film continues to run in line with pre-release expectations. Dinner for Schmucks is currently running 37 percent ahead of Get Him to the Greek and 10 percent ahead of Date Night at the same point in their respective runs.
Universal's Despicable Me was up one spot to place in third on Wednesday. The computer animated film grossed $2.324 million, which topped the $2.318 million gross of Sony's Salt by a very slim margin of $5,643. Despicable Me was down 12 percent from Tuesday, while Salt experienced a daily decline of 15 percent. Despicable Me has grossed $197.70 million through 27 days and will reach the $200 million milestone either today or Friday. Salt has grossed $78.68 million in 13 days and will top the $80 million mark today.
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore rounded out the day's top five for a second straight day. The 3D sequel from Warner Bros. grossed $1.78 million, which was down 15 percent from Tuesday. Cats & Dogs 2 has grossed a lackluster $17.86 million in its first six days and is running 18 percent ahead of the pace of the recent Marmaduke (which didn't have the aid of higher-priced 3D admissions).
Universal's Charlie St. Cloud grossed $1.48 million to remain in sixth place. The Zac Efron vehicle was down a steep 19 percent from Tuesday, which represented the day's largest daily decline among wide releases. That isn't a good sign for the film heading into the weekend, especially given how front-loaded it was towards Friday last weekend. The six-day total for Charlie St. Cloud stands at a so-so $17.45 million, placing it 36 percent behind the pace of last year's 17 Again.