Sharp daily declines across the board on Wednesday for wide releases.

‘The Other Guys’ Leads Wednesday

on August 12, 2010 by Daniel Garris

Sony's The Other Guys led the daily box office for a sixth straight day on Wednesday. The Adam McKay directed comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg grossed $3.77 million. That represented a sharp 21 percent decline from Tuesday, though it should also be noted that daily declines were steep across the board on Wednesday among wide releases. The Other Guys has grossed $49.06 million in six days of release and will clear the $50 million mark today. The film continues to run in line with pre-release expectations, but could suffer a hefty second weekend decline with three anticipated releases entering the marketplace on Friday.

Warner's Inception held steady in second place with $2.22 million. The acclaimed sci-fi blockbuster was down 15 percent from Tuesday and down 41 percent from last Wednesday. After displaying exceptional holding power for a film of its size throughout its run, Inception is losing a bit of momentum this week. That will likely transfer into a poorer hold over the upcoming weekend. With that said, Inception has now grossed $235.01 million through 27 days and should clear the $250 million mark sometime early next week.

Step Up 3D remained in third place, but was down a massive 31 percent from Tuesday. The 3D sequel from Disney grossed $1.51 million for the day, which brings the film's six-day start to $21.54 million. In comparison, 2006's Step Up experienced a 22 percent daily decline on its first Wednesday. Step Up 3D continues to run 22 percent behind the pace of Step Up. The previous Step Up films both experienced significant second weekend declines and Step Up 3D is looking poised to do the same.

Despicable Me finished in fourth for the day with $1.38 million. Universal's computer animated blockbuster was down 18 percent from Tuesday and down 41 percent from last Wednesday. Despicable Me has grossed $213.83 million to date and could experience one of this weekend's stronger holds given the lack of new competition for 3D screens.

Paramount's Dinner for Schmucks rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.35 million. The PG-13 comedy passed the $50 million mark yesterday, but was down 17 percent from Tuesday and down 55 percent from last Wednesday in the process. Given its lackluster holding power this week, Dinner for Schmucks looks likely to experience another large percentage decline this weekend.

On the limited front, The Kids Are All Right reached the $15 million mark on Wednesday. While the indie comedy from Focus didn't have the greatest expansion into wider release a few weeks back, it has remained a consistent performer since then. The Kids Are All Right is currently running 22 percent behind the pace of last year's (500) Days of Summer (which received a similar release pattern).

Tags: The Kids Are All Right, Dinner for Schmucks, Despicable Me, Step Up 3D, Inception, The Other Guys

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