Inception stays on top: Cats and Dogs, Charlie St Cloud make top 10

Inception reigned over the box office for its third weekend. Dinner for Schmucks was a healthy second, while new films Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and Charlie St Cloud still hit the box office top 10 despite not meeting expectations.

Inception had another stellar weekend, bringing in $27.5 million to put the film’s total take up to $193.3 million. The Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle has also earned almost $200 million on the international circuit.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Inception director Christopher Nolan

Dinner for Schmucks was the only new release to enter the box office with a bang. It came in second, with $23.3 million. The Paul Rudd and Steve Carell flick may have been hoping for more action, but landed where expected.

“The opening was above or at the high end at what the industry was expecting, but it was pretty much right where we were expecting to be,” said Paramount exec Don Harris. “The additional good news is that comedies do tend to stick around for a long time.”

Angelina Jolie’s Salt brought in $19.3 million to come in third, bringing the spy drama to $70.8 million. Despicable Me continues to make a showing, coming in fourth with $15.5 million.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore didn’t stand up to the competition, but eked its way into the top five with $12.5 million. That take certainly won’t cover the 3D film’s $85 million price tag.

Charlie St Cloud had a strong start, thanks to Zac Efron’s most devoted fans, but the rush of support didn’t last through the weekend. The romance came in sixth with a $12.1 million take.

Toy Story 3 earned $5 million for seventh place, bringing its current total take to $389.7 million. Grown Ups came next with $4.5 million, followed by The Sorcerer’s Apprentice with $4.3 million.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse managed to stay in the top ten game for one more weekend. The $4 million take puts the total at $288.1 million.

The Kids are All Right continues to build buzz and bring in decent numbers even though it’s only in 947 theaters. This weekend’s $3.4 million bumps it up to $9.5 million.

Another Indie to watch is Get Low, starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek, which banked $90,900 in only four theaters.

Two intriguing contenders enter the fray next weekend. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg get kooky in the action comedy The Other Guys, while Step Up 3-D is ready to get its dance on for a whole different audience.

The box office top 10

1. Inception, $27.5 million
2. Dinner for Schmucks, $23.3 million
3. Salt, $19.3 million
4. Despicable Me, $15.5 million
5. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, $12.5 million
6. Charlie St Cloud, $12.1 million
7. Toy Story 3, $5.0 million
8. Grown Ups, $4.5 million
9. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, $4.3 million
10. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, $4.0 million


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