For the third weekend in a row, Christopher Nolan’s Inception took the top spot at the box office. With another $27.5 million added to its coffers, Inception easily triumphed over three new wide releases. This brings Inception’s domestic total to a handsome $193M and a worldwide cume of $363M. Dinner for Schmucks, a comedy starring Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, landed in second place with a tally of $23.3M.
Angelina Jolie’s spy-action film Salt held its ground against the other two wide releases, taking the third spot for a weekend total of $19.2M, a drop of 46.5% from its opening weekend. Another Steve Carell film maintained its place in the top five over the weekend. Despicable Me, the animated super-villain kids’ film finished fourth, with a gross of $15.5M. Considering it’s now entering its fifth week, Despicable Me has held very well, falling only 34.4% from last week.
Finally we get to the other two new wide releases for the weekend. Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore finished fifth – struggling against the more popular Despicable Me in the animated category. Kitty Galore garnered $12.5M over the weekend, against a budget of about $85M.
Zac Efron’s Charlie St. Cloud managed $12.1M, against a budget of just $44M. The romantic drama should have no trouble making back it’s budget, although there was a serious drop off between Friday and Saturday nights, suggesting Efron fans tipped the scales early.
Rounding out the top 10 were Toy Story 3 ($5.03M), Grown Ups ($4.50M), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice ($4.32M) and Twilight: Eclipse ($3.96M).