Dude here again. Had myself a nice vacation, unplugged from the internet. It was refreshing, and mildly disturbing. Like picking off a scab. But that's neither here nor there, I have numbers to report!
But for what it's worth, I'm still really bummed I didn't get to use the headline "SALT LICKED!" last weekend.
This weekend, if we were bowling, I'd say Nolan has himself a turkey. But we're not bowling. Let's go to the numbers, shall we? (All in millions, remember, and these are the studio estimates. The actuals will be available on Monday, as these are holiday numbers).
1. Inception (WB)- $27.5, 3545 screens, week 3, $193.3 total
2. Dinner For Schmucks (Par/DW) $23.3, 2911 screens, week 1, $23.3 total
3. Salt (Sony) - $19.2, 3612 screens, week 2, $70.8 total
4. Despicable Me (Uni)- $15.5, 3602 screens, week 4, $190.3 total
5. Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore (WB)- $12.5, 3705 screens, week 1, $12.5 total
6. Charlie St. Cloud (Uni) - $12.1, 2718 screens, week 1, $12.1 total
7. Toy Story 3 (BV)- $5.0, 2105 screens, week 7, $389.6 total
8. Grown Ups (Sony) - $4.5, 2269 screens, week 6, $150.7 total
9. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (BV)- $4.3, 2524 screens, week 3, $51.8 total
10. Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Sum) - $3.9, 2334 screens, week 5, $288.2 total
So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means that if we were playing hockey, people would throw their hats on the ice for Christopher Nolan. Am I using these sports metaphors properly? I don't know of these things. Is that top still spinning?
The Dinner For Schmucks didn't need as much SALT, oh Dispic… I'm really too lazy to keeping that. Suffice it to say, they made enough money.
The geniuses in Hollywood finally answered my letters and made a sequel to Cats & Dogs, and were even kind enough to make it in 3-D, and how do you repay them? By not seeing it. Way to go, people.
Fun Fact: I keep wanting to come up with something snarky and mean to say about Charlie St. Cloud, but that Zac Efron is so damn charming I just can't.
Below the radar, a movie called Get Low made $90,900 on 4 screens. And a documentary about Hugh Hefner made $10,000, playing on one screen. Awesome.
So there, you have my amazing break down. Next week, Will Ferrel and Mark Wahlberg finally team up. And more letters are answered with ST3P UP 3D!!! (I'm assuming that's a real movie).
Until next weekend....
Box Office Mojo)