Weekend box office: 'Inception' stays No. 1, beats 'Salt'
Posted by Sarah Anne Hughes
After much speculation and a close race, "Inception" stayed number one at the box office for the second week in a row, putting "Salt" in the number two position. Films for kids proved profitable with "Despicable Me," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Toy Story 3," "Ramona and Beezus" and "The Last Airbender" all in the top ten.
Read about the rest of the weekend box office below.
"Inception" proved that a complicated, 2D picture could be profitable and stay that way after the initial buzz has died down. The film brought in $43.5 million bringing its 10-day total to $143.7 million. This is the second July that Christopher Nolan has dominated at the box office; his "The Dark Knight" ruled the month in 2008, according to Hollywood.com.
"Salt," debuting with $36.5 million, may not have knocked Nolan's mind-bending film out of first place, but Angelina Jolie certainly did kick her male action counterparts' butts. (Text has been corrected.) With $12.6 million on the first day alone, Jolie's "Salt" beat the Friday opening for Ashton Kutcher's "Killers," with $5.7 million, and really, really beat Tom Cruise's Wednesday premiere for "Knight & Day," with $3.8 million that day. The film's first Friday in theaters did only slightly better with $6.3 million. Does this prove, once and for all, that girls rule?
"Despicable Me" fell one spot to number three with $24.1 million bringing its total domestic gross to $161.7 million. This staying power is pretty respectable considering the number of G and PG rated films out this summer including the fantastic "Toy Story 3," adding $9 million to its $379.5 million total, and the less fantastic "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," with $9.7 million, and "The Last Airbender," $4.2 million.
Speaking of kids movies: "Ramona and Beezus" opened with $8 million to mostly positive reviews; indie film of the summer "The Kids Are All Right" expanded to 163 more theaters and brought in $2.6 million, bringing the film's total gross to $4.9 million; finally in obligatory "Twilight" news, the third film in the saga brought in $7 million, falling from fourth to eighth place.
Can "Inception" stay No. 1 for another week, or will "Salt" have its revenge? Or perhaps the Steve Carell comedy "Dinner for Schmucks" can take them both down? Vote below.
Sarah Anne Hughes
| July 26, 2010; 9:53 AM ET
Categories: Movies | Tags: Box office, Movies
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