Last week, the box office was dominated by the latest entry in the Twilight phenomenon. Fortunately it began to lose steam before its first weekend was up. Still, it has shown enough durability to put up a good tally in its second weekend with a 51% drop to bring its total gross to more than $235 million. However, it was not enough for it to remain at number one. It was unseated by a strong initial showing from the animated feature Despicable Me.
Despicable Me proved to be a potent box office draw as it outdid most expectations. This is a movie I was not all that interested in seeing at first. However, the more clips I saw for it the more interested I became. I did end up seeing it and while it is not a great film and is nowhere near Toy Story 3, it is quite entertaining in a crowd pleasing way. It will make you laugh, touch your heart and send you away happy. It brings a different angle on the familiar story of kids touching the heart of an adult and is a little bit darker than many of its ilk, but it is still fun for the family. It is hard to not want to have your own minions.
The Robert Rodriguez produced, Nimrod Antal directed Predator sequel finished in third place. The film proved to be a very entertaining romp, giving the movie monster some of his dignity back after the Aliens vs. Predator movies. It is a simply kill or be killed story featuring a group of human killers thrown together to face down a Predator hunting party. It is a movie easy to enjoy, and it should be enjoyed. It is a well-made action feature the likes of which have been few this year.
Fourth place goes to Toy Story 3 which is still cruising along. It has made nearly $340 million so far and is still going strong. Pixar really has hit one out of the park. It dropped just 30% from last week and has shown small drops during its first few weeks in theaters. It will be interesting to see how far it will go.