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After three weeks at #1, Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Inception (Warner Bros.) was knocked out of the top position by the latest collaboration between Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay, the police comedy The Other Guys, co-starring Mark Wahlberg, which grossed an estimated $35.6 million in 3,651 theaters its opening weekend. Averaging roughly $9,700 per location, it’s Ferrell’s second-biggest opening weekend after Talladega Nights, also directed by McKay. The Other Guys is Sony’s fourth $35 million plus opening in a row this summer, which is quite impressive considering the generally down attitude towards the summer’s offerings.

Nolan’s Inception took second place with $18.6 million, down just 32% from last week, having grossed $227.7 million in four weeks, surpassing Batman Begins to make it Nolan’s second-highest grossing movie after 2008’s The Dark Knight. Internationally, the film added $46.6 million for an overseas total of $250 million and worldwide total of $477.7 million.

The third chapter in Disney’s on-going dance franchise, Step Up 3D failed to achieve the success of the previous two installments, with an estimated opening weekend gross of $15.5 million with heavy frontloading to its Friday opening of $6.6 million. That opening is down both from the original 2006 movie’s $20.6 million opening and the 2008 sequel’s $18.9 million opening.

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