“Inception” Stayed Atop the Weekend Box Office
“Inception” is a proof that living in the dream world is more like-able than witnessing a spy’s troubled life in “Salt.”
The Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest collaboration had the honor to claim box office supremacy for a second straight weekend, as box-office’s figures showed Sunday.
The movie that tells a story about a group of thieves who specializes in infiltrating dreams and stealing thoughts has wowed critics with its complex science fiction concepts, and also raked in an estimated $43.5 million last weekend, grossing a total 143 million dollars in its 10 days of release. Not bad for stealing some dreams, eh?
Following in second place is Sony’s spy caper “Salt,” with $36.5 million. The movie stars Jolie as a CIA operative who goes rogue after she’s accused of being a Russian sleeper agent. With new movie at No. 2 spot, 3-D animated film “Despicable Me” slipped one spot to third, maintaining a strong showing with a 24.1-million-dollar take, and has earned a total of 161.7 million dollars in its three weeks of release.
In a rare convergence of fresh ideas, the top three movies all were original stories, not sequels or adaptations of comic books, best-sellers, video games or other pre-existing material. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” took fourth place with 9.7 million dollars, while “Toy Story 3″ held on to fifth spot with 9.0 million dollars in receipts and a massive six-week total of 379.5 million dollars.
The weekend’s other new wide release, 20th Century Fox’s family comedy “Ramona and Beezus,” took in $8 million to finish at No. 6. The movie is based on Beverly Cleary’s children’s books about a teenage girl and her accident-prone little sister.
Here’s the complete list of Top Ten Movies, per Friday-Sunday estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations. Final figures will be released Monday:
1. “Inception,” $43.5 million.
2. “Salt,” $36.5 million.
3. “Despicable Me,” $24.1 million.
4. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” $9.7 million.
5. “Toy Story 3,” $9 million.
6. “Ramona and Beezus,” $8 million.
7. “Grown Ups,” $7.6 million.
8. “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” $7 million.
9. “The Last Airbender,” $4.2 million.
10. “Predators,” $2.9 million.
Congrats again, Inception!