Thanks to The Sorcerer's Apprentice's highly disappointing debut, Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's Despicable Me, featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Julie Andrews, Miranda Cosgrove, and others, was once again the no. 1 movie at the North American box office on Wednesday, July 14.
According to Box Office Mojo, Despicable Me grossed $7.15 million on a day when every holdover among the top ten suffered double-digit drops. In other words, my prediction that the U.S. and Canada box office would be busy on Wednesday was totally off the mark.
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, and Teresa Palmer, the poorly received The Sorcerer's Apprentice earned a soft $3.87 million on the no. 2 spot ($1,144 per theater).
It remains to be seen whether this Disney release will turn out to have strong legs like Tom Cruise's Knight and Day, which opened three weeks ago to similar box office numbers but is still doing acceptable business.
If The Sorcerer's Apprentice fails domestically, it'll be the second Bruckheimer disappointment of the year, following the Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
Photos: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Bruckheimer / Disney Enterprises); Despicable Me (Universal Pictures)
Following the addition of $3.72 million, Eclipse's total currently stands at $247.9 million, as per figures found at Box Office Mojo. The $250 million milestone will be reached some time today.
With $2.98 million, the no. 4 movie was Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack. Total to date: $348.4 million. Toy Story 3 will be crossing the $350 million mark some time today.
At no. 5, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and Rob Schneider's Grown Ups collected $2.08 million.
Next in line was M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, starring Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz, and Shaun Toub, with $1.72 million – another movie that has just fallen below the $2 million per-day mark (Day 14).
Rounding out the top eleven were Liam Neeson's The A-Team with $160,000 and John C. Reilly's Cyrus with $147,000.
Among the top eleven movies, Despicable Me had the highest per-theater average, $2,060 (one more decrease and it'll fall below the $2,000 per-theater mark). In about 450 fewer theaters than on Tuesday, The A-Team had the lowest, $202.
Also among the top eleven, Cyrus posted the smallest audience decrease when compared to the day before, down 5.2 percent. (Among the top ten, Despicable Me had the smallest, down 12.2 percent.) The A-Team had the worst, down 38.3 percent.
Among the films listed on Box Office Mojo's Wednesday chart, The Kids Are All Right once again had by far the highest per-theater average: $9,304.
Photos: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)
Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud's Despicable Me (top); Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (bottom)
Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's Despicable Me, featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Julie Andrews, and Jason Segel, among others, was once again the no. 1 movie at the North American box office on Tuesday, July 13.
As per Box Office Mojo, Despicable Me took in $8.15 million – an 8.3 percent jump from the day before.
This Tuesday, in fact, was a good day at the U.S. and Canada box office. All but one of the top ten movies posted attendance gains when compared to Monday. The sole exception was the Nimród Antal-Adrien Brody effort Predators, which was down 9.3 percent.
Things also should improve on Wednesday, when Jon Turteltaub's The Sorcerer's Apprentice, starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, and Teresa Palmer hits North American theaters. Every movie on the chart should go down one spot then.
At no. 2, David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse edged closer to the $250 million box office milestone. Following the addition of $4.51 million, Eclipse's total currently stands at $244.2 million. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner star.
Another bit of Eclipse good news: after falling below the $1,000 per-theater average on Monday, the fantasy-romance was once again above that mark on Tuesday, with $1,010.
The no. 3 movie on Tuesday was Toy Story 3 (up a remarkable 22.3 percent). Lee Unkrich's 3D animated feature voiced by Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, and others, collected $3.42 million.
Up one spot, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and Rob Schneider's critically panned Grown Ups was the no. 4 movie with $2.41 million. (Over the weekend, Grown Ups was at no. 6.)
Down one spot, Predators, starring Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, and Laurence Fishburne, pulled in $2.36 million at no. 5.
Next in line was M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, starring Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz, and Shaun Toub, with $2.27 million.
The Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz Knight and Day earned $1.1 million at no. 7. After going down on Monday, the spy caper once again lifted its head above the $1 million per day mark.
The no. 8 movie was the Jackie Chan-Jaden Smith vehicle The Karate Kid, which grossed $837,000.
Among the top ten movies, Despicable Me had the highest per-theater average, $2,345; The A-Team had the lowest, $210.
Also among the top ten, Toy Story 3 posted the biggest gains from the day before, up 22.3 percent. As mentioned above, Predators was the only movie to head south on Tuesday, down 9.3 percent.
Also: Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska, grossed $67,000 at 7 locations.
Among the films listed on Box Office Mojo's Tuesday chart, The Kids Are All Right once again had by far the highest per-theater average: $9,616.
Photos: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment); Despicable Me (Universal Pictures)