After three straight weekends atop the box office, Inception‘s streak was ended by Adam McKay’s The Other Guys (opening with over $35.5 million). Slipping to #2, Inception still managed another impressive drop (32.7%) and drew $18.5 million worth of tickets in its fourth weekend. Inception’s North American total now stands at $227.6 million after 24 days, on track for a domestic run ending around $300 million. A big test of that potential landmark will arrive this coming weekend, as Inception must contend with three new wide releases: The Expendables, Eat Pray Love, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Amidst growing competition and a dropping theater count, Inception will need to pull at least $12 million in its fifth weekend to keep alive the $300 million domestic trajectory.
Foreign totals for Inception have now exceeded $251 million, bringing the worldwide total to $478.8 million. The United Kingdom and South Korea are currently the film’s second and third strongest markets, with $41 million and $25.7 million respectively. This past weekend saw openings in Spain ($4.5 million) and Brazil ($2 million). Remaining releases for Inception include Venezuela (August 13), Greece (August 24), China (September 2), and Italy (September 24). What did you see this past weekend? And are you planning on seeing anything this coming weekend?