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The top that would not fall – INCEPTION leads weekend box office for third week in a row

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
August 1st, 2010

For the third weekend in a row, Christopher Nolan's INCEPTION has topped (giggle) the box office, seeing no competition from new releases, including DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS, CHARLIE ST. CLOUD, and CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE (yes, that is an actual movie). The film pulled in an estimated $27.5 million, pushing it ever-closer to the $200 million mark (it has currently earned $193.3 million in domestic take). Certainly the film has benefited from repeat viewership, and should only continue to stay on top, even into next weekend.

The Steve Carell and Paul Rudd-starrer, DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (or, as my mother refers to it, SCHMUCK DINNER), opened in second place to $23.3 million. It is director Jay Roach's lowest opening weekend in ten years and four films. However, for Rudd, it marks his highest opening weekend for a film in which he stars - even I LOVE YOU, MAN only made $17.8 million in its first weekend. And for Carell? Well, it's his third film in 2010 to open at over $20 million. Not too shabby.

The weekend's other new two major releases - CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE (yes, still a real movie) and CHARLIE ST. CLOUD - managed to open in fifth and sixth place, respectively. The kitties took in over $12.5 million, while Zac Efron's boat-based ghost film dragged in just over $12.1 million. Both films had much larger budgets than these numbers would positively reflect - CATS & DOGS cost approximately $85 million to make (is this even possible?) and CHARLIE's budget is estimated at $44 million. Though neither have had a strong opening weekend, both should benefit from home release sales - good stuff for the kids and the Efronites alike.

The rest of the top ten was rounded with such holdovers as SALT (third place, $19.2 million), DESPICABLE ME (fourth place, $15.5 million), TOY STORY 3 (seventh place, $5 million), GROWN UPS (eighth place, why God, why?), THE SORCERER'S APPRENTINCE (ninth place, $4.3 million), and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (tenth place, $3.9 million). The highest per-theater average for the weekend goes to the Robert Duvall-starring indie, GET LOW, which opened in only four theaters but still pulled in over $90,000.

Source Box Office Mojo

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