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Posted at 9:53 AM ET, 07/26/2010

Weekend box office: 'Inception' stays No. 1, beats 'Salt'

By Sarah Anne Hughes

"Inception" stays No. 1 at box office. (Warner Bros.)

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.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  | July 26, 2010; 9:53 AM ET
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Comments

Sarah,
Even celebrity columnists should provide accurate information, don't you think? You compared the weekend gross of Salt with the first Friday grosses of Robin Hood and Salt. In fact, Robin Hood made a nearly identical $36m in its opening weekend but Salt did beat Knight & Day, which made $20m it's opening weekend.

Does no one do any fact-checking anymore? People may not expect TMZ to do any fact-checking, but The Washington Post? Especially now that these stats are available to everyone on the net.

Posted by: moviefan1 | July 26, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Sarah,
Even celebrity columnists should provide accurate information, don't you think? You compared the weekend gross of Salt with the first Friday grosses of Robin Hood and Knight & Day. In fact, Robin Hood made a nearly identical $36m in its opening weekend but Salt did beat Knight & Day, which made $20m it's opening weekend.

Does no one do any fact-checking anymore? People may not expect TMZ to do any fact-checking, but The Washington Post? Especially now that these stats are available to everyone on the net.

Posted by: moviefan1 | July 26, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The correct answer is Salt, because everyone who wants to see Inception will have already seen it. And since it almost begs to be seen a second time, people will wait for it to come out on DVD.

And Salt has half of Brangelina.

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 26, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I'm betting "Inception" will be on top again, based on some field research: I tried to go see it on Saturday afternoon to find that it was sold out for the remainder of the day.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | July 26, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

According to my daughter, who is an expert on all things Anime, "The Last Airbender" is not really a kids movie.

Posted by: reddragon1 | July 26, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

moviefan1:

You are completely correct! I apologize. I didn't express the comparison correctly at all and that was a truly silly error on my part. I will correct it.

Thanks again!

Posted by: Sarah Anne Hughes | July 26, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

So glad that Inception is still #1. Yes, Hollywood, there is a market for people who love movies that make them concentrate and think. A lot of people who haven't been to the movies in a while are going to this one.

Posted by: Section416akatheAlps | July 26, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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