Sony's The Other Guys led the daily box office on Monday with $4.98 million. The PG-13 comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg was down a solid 50 percent from Sunday, though it is commonplace for summer comedies to experience solid daily holds on their first Monday. The Other Guys is performing right in line with pre-release expectations thus far with a four-day start of $40.52 million. That places the film 14 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Step Brothers, which also experienced a 50 percent daily decline on its first Monday.
Inception remained in second place with $2.53 million. Warner's sci-fi blockbuster was down 55 percent from Sunday and down 41 percent from last Monday. Inception has displayed very strong holding power throughout its run thus far, but the film (as well as most others in the marketplace) could experience a larger percentage decline this coming weekend with the unleashing of three anticipated releases. Inception has grossed $230.17 million in 25 days and will soon surpass Shrek Forever After to become the fifth highest grossing release of 2010 to date.
Disney's Step Up 3D held steady in third place with $2.02 million. Like The Other Guys, Step Up 3D was also down a solid 50 percent from Sunday, but the film experienced a sharper daily decline than the 46 percent 2006's Step Up fell on its first Monday. The 3D sequel has grossed $17.83 million in its first four days of release, which is on the low end of expectations. Despite help from higher-priced 3D tickets, Step Up 3D is running 24 percent behind the pace of the original Step Up.
Dinner for Schmucks was up one spot from its weekend finish to place in fourth on Monday. Paramount's PG-13 comedy starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd grossed $1.59 million for the day. That was down 48 percent from Sunday, but still down 55 percent from last Monday as a result of the momentum the film lost over the weekend. Dinner for Schmucks has grossed $48.21 million in eleven days and will cross the $50 million mark either today or Wednesday.
Despicable Me was also up one spot from Sunday to round out Monday's top five with $1.47 million. The blockbuster computer animated film from Universal was down 48 percent from Sunday and down 39 percent from last Monday. Despicable Me is currently the eighth highest grossing domestic release of 2010 with a 32-day total of $210.75 million.