The Other Guys rounded out its first week in theatres with a seventh straight first place daily finish on Thursday. The Sony comedy grossed $3.48 million for the day and in the process surpassed the $50 million mark. However, the film was down a notable 8 percent from Wednesday, which represented the day's largest daily decline among wide releases. The Other Guys was easily the week's top film with $52.54 million. That was in line with pre-release expectations and places the film 13 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Step Brothers. Given the film's declines on Wednesday and Thursday, it is likely that The Other Guys will experience a significant second weekend decline this weekend, especially with the added competition from Lionsgate's The Expendables and Universal's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
Warner's Inception held steady in second with $2.18 million. The acclaimed sci-fi blockbuster was down 2 percent from Wednesday and down 40 percent from last Thursday. Inception finished in second place for the week with $28.05 million and has now grossed a very impressive $237.18 million through four weeks of release. Inception has now overtaken Shrek Forever After for fifth place among the year's highest grossing releases. With a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.78 to 1, Inception has held up quite well for a film of its size. However, like The Other Guys, Inception could take a direct hit this weekend from The Expendables and Scott Pilgrim.
Disney's Step Up 3D outpaced Universal's Despicable Me by a slim $1,934 to remain in third. The 3D sequel grossed $1.401 million for the day, which was down a notable 7 percent from Wednesday (which was down a massive 31 percent from Tuesday). Step Up 3D held up well on Monday and Tuesday, but lost major momentum as the week went on. That strongly suggests that the film will experience a large second weekend decline, even with no new 3D films entering the marketplace this weekend. For the week, Step Up 3D finished in third with $22.94 million (that was 22 percent softer than the one-week start of 2006's Step Up).
Despicable Me placed in fourth with $1.399 million. The computer animated blockbuster was up 1 percent over Wednesday and down 39 percent from last Thursday. Despicable Me finished in sixth for the week with $15.22 million and has grossed a much better than expected $215.23 million in five weeks of release. Despicable Me is currently the eighth highest grossing release of 2010 and will overtake How to Train Your Dragon for seventh place over the weekend.
Fellow computer animated release Toy Story 3 placed in ninth for the day with $0.57 million. The Disney release has grossed $398.60 million to date and is set to reach the $400 million milestone over the weekend. Thanks in part to the success of Toy Story 3 (the highest grossing release of 2010 to date) the total domestic box office for 2010 reached the $7 billion mark on Thursday.