`The Other Guys' With Ferrell Is Top U.S. Movie, Knocking Off `Inception'

“The Other Guys” beat out “Inception” at U.S. and Canadian theaters in its opening weekend, earning $35.5 million for Sony Corp.

After three weeks on top, “Inception” fell to second place for Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. studio, taking in $18.5 million, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said today in an e-mailed statement.

“The Other Guys” is a buddy-cop comedy featuring Will Ferrell as a straight-laced forensic accountant and Mark Wahlberg as his action-loving detective partner. The movie spoofs the genre and also features Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as detectives idolized by the Ferrell and Wahlberg characters.

“It reaffirms what types of pictures people want to see Will Ferrell in,” said Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo based in Sherman Oaks, California. “It’s the goofy-comedy genre.”

“Inception,” a science-fiction mystery directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo Di Caprio, failed to become the third four-time weekend box office winner this year, following “Shrek Forever After” and “Avatar.”

“The main thing about ‘Inception’ is how well it’s held up,” said Gray. “Typically these summer movies burn out at a quicker rate.” In the four weeks since its release, the film has $227.6 million in ticket sales.

“Step Up 3D” took in $15.8 million for third place in its debut weekend for Walt Disney Co.’s Buena Vista. The 3-D film is the third installment in the “Step Up” series, which showcases the athleticism of young actors engaged in a high-stakes dance battle. It’s the first of the “Step Up” series shot in 3-D.

‘Salt’ Fell

The Angelina Jolie action film “Salt” fell to fourth place from third with $10.9 million for Sony.

“Dinner for Schmucks” fell to fifth place from second with $10.4 million for Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks SKG. The comedy, starring Steve Carell as the “schmuck” brought to dinner by a rising executive, played by Paul Rudd, has earned $46.6 million in its two weeks of release.

Another Carell film, “Despicable Me,” dropped to sixth from fourth in its fifth week of release. The animated 3-D comedy, which features the voices of Carell and Julie Andrews, has earned $209.3 million for General Electric Co.’s Universal Pictures.

Next Weekend

Next week, the Julia Roberts drama “Eat Pray Love,” from Sony and the Sylvester Stallone action film “The Expendables,” from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., open in wide release, along with the Michael Cera comedy “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” distributed by Universal Pictures.

Weekend sales for the top 12 films fell to $122.5 million from $132 million a year earlier, Hollywood.com said. Year-to- date receipts total $6.93 billion, up 4.6 percent from $6.63 billion. Attendance has fallen 1 percent this year.

The following table has figures provided by studios to Los Angeles-based Hollywood.com. The amounts are based on actual ticket sales from Aug. 6-8.


                       Rev.             Avg./  Pct.   Total
Movie                 (mln) Theaters  Theater  Chg.   (mln)  Wks
================================================================
1 THE OTHER GUYS       35.5    3,651    9,735   --     35.5    1
2 INCEPTION            18.5    3,418    5,414  -33    227.6    4
3 STEP UP 3-D          15.8    2,435    6,494   --     15.8    1
4 SALT                 10.9    3,317    3,289  -44     91.8    3
5 DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS  10.4    3,004    3,454  -56     46.6    2
6 DESPICABLE ME         9.3    3,413    2,720  -40    209.3    5
7 CATS & DOGS           6.9    3,705    1,863  -44     26.4    2
8 CHARLIE ST. CLOUD     4.7    2,725    1,725  -62     23.5    2
9 TOY STORY 3           3.1    1,714    1,820  -39    396.4    8
10 KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT   2.6      994    2,613  -26     14.0    5
11 GROWN UPS            2.4    1,769    1,361  -47    155.7    7
12 SORCERER APPRENTICE  2.4    1,766    1,337  -47     57.1    4


Top 12 Films Grosses

   This Week     Year Ago      Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
    $122.5        $132.0      -7.2


Year-to-date Revenue

     2010          2009
      YTD           YTD        Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
    $6,935        $6,633       4.6%

Year-to-date Attendance:     -1.0%

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Sherman in New York at asherman6@bloomberg.net; Margaret Collins in New York at mcollins45@bloomberg.net.

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