Despicable Me dominated last week and continues to do well through its second weekend, but it was a foregone conclusion that it was going to fall out of the top spot. The movie that took over is the incredible Inception. The latest from writer/director Christopher Nolan jumped right to the top of the pile on a combination hot anticipation, curiosity and his prior monstrous success of The Dark Knight in 2008. This new film is based on an original idea and proves that you don't have to be part of a franchise or a remake in order to open well at the box office.
I have seen Inception twice and it only improved the second time through. The film is deceptively straight forward, has a good deal of intelligence and is a fine example of a well crafted film that engages the viewer intellectually and viscerally. Beyond that, it has a fantastic cast that includes Leonardo Dicaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, and Cillian Murphy. This is the sort of film that we need to support in the hopes that studios get the idea and back more original fare. Yes, I know this will never happen.
Despicable Me fell to second with a strong $32 million. It is not a perfect film but it is entertaining, it has big laughs and a few touching moments and you will leave happy. Just don't expect any long term memories aside from the Minions.
Coming in third a disappointingly distant third place is Disney's latest feature is a decent piece of entertainment. The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a boy meets wizard tale of a young guy who finds himself saddled with the task of saving the world. Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel battle Alfred Molina in this magical fantasy. I enjoyed it enough. I like Baruchel and Cage made the rawhide trench coat work. However, considering its opening weekend, I do not see this lasting all that long.
Beginning its disappearance from cinemas is the fourth place Eclipse (that is the title card of the film, there is no Twilight Saga tag on it). It seems that most, if not all, of those interested have seen it and it can begin its march into oblivion until it is unleashed on home video.
Toy Story 3 finishes in fifth place as it continues its push for $400 million. It currently sits at $363 million. The movie has proven very popular and I think it could make it to the mark, although it will have to maintain like the way it has been. I haven't done the math but I think it could make it. Well, even if it doesn't it takes nothing away from the quality entertainment Pixar has provided here.