In one of star Will Ferrell's biggest-grossing starts yet, The Other Guys easily topped the box office in its first week. After three weeks securely in first, Inception dropped down a spot, but it continued to hold extremely well. Step Up 3-D drastically underperformed in comparison to its predecessors. Overall box office was down around eight percent from the same timeframe last year, when G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra led with $76.3 million.
Inception dipped 35 percent to $28.1 million, bringing its four-week total to $237.2 million. On Thursday, it passed Shrek Forever After to move in to fifth place on the 2010 chart.
Step Up 3-D grossed just $22.9 million through its first seven days. This was down from Step Up ($29.6 million) and Step Up 2 the Streets ($30.7 million) and looks even worse in terms of attendance, considering most of Step Up 3-D's viewers paid a 3D ticket price premium.
Salt finished in fourth place for the week, down 44 percent to $16.3 million. In three weeks, the Angelina Jolie action-thriller has grossed $97.2 million and will easily pass the $100 million mark this weekend.
Dinner for Schmucks rounded out the Top Five, off a rough 55 percent to $16.3 million (only $84,000 separated Schmucks from Salt). Its two-week total of $52.5 million is exactly the same as The Other Guys's one week number, clearly indicating which of the late summer comedies will be end up on top.