Three new films out in the US this week - the mantastic Expendables, the womantastic Eat, Pray, Love and the geektastic Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. And it's bad news for Scott Pilgrim.
Stallone's star-studded and fun-but-pointless Expendables shot and stabbed its way to the number one slot with a respectable $35 million, while Eat, Pray, Love hugged up the number two slot to the tune of $23 million. This knocked down the previous #1 and 2, The Other Guys and Inception into 3 and 4, with $18 million and $11 million respectively. Inception, however, still remains number 1 at the worldwide box office for the third straight week, grossing an overseas total of $314 million. Combined with the US total and Christopher Nolan's mind-bending latest has grossed over half a billion dollars in less than a month. Wowser.
So what of Scott Pilgrim? The much-hyped Edgar Wright-helmed comic book adaptation facepalmed its way into fifth place, earning a disappointing $10 million in spite of the largely glowing reviews. The only non-mover was Despicable Me at number six with $6.7 million. This results in massive tumbles for Step Up 3D, Salt and Dinner For Shmucks, which fell from 3, 4 and 5 to 7, 8 and 9, grossing $6.6, $6.3 and $6.3 million respectively. Cats and Dogs: The Sequel Nobody Asked For rounds out the top ten slot with $4 million.
Although it has now fallen out of the US top ten to number 11, spare a thought for Toy Stoy 3. The film has grossed a US total of $400 million and is still number 2 worldwide, earning $539 million. This makes Pixar's latest the highest grossing animated film of all damn time with $920 million, putting it in range of the elusive billionaire's club. If you doubt the film will make it, consider this - it's still not finished opening in some countries. Toy Story 3 has broken the record of $919 million that was made by Shrek 2 and has outgrossed Pixar's own previous best of Finding Nemo by over $11 million. It's also in the top four highest-grossign Disney films ever, alongside Burton's Alice In Wonderland and two of the Pirates of the Carribean films. Not bad for a cowboy action figure.