Box Office: July 30 - August 1, 2010

Monday, 02 August 2010 04:54 Written by  Eric Walkuski
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Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Inception'

Christopher Nolan's Inception has proven to be that most elusive kind of summer blockbuster: the repeat winner. During the summer months, so many films are apt to open huge, then fall out of favor and give way to the "next big thing" the following week. Not the case with Nolan's mind-bender.

If you couldn't tell, Inception is the number one film at the box office for the third week in a row. Last weekend, the sci-fi flick only dropped 32%, a fantastic hold, and the news is still good for Warner Bros. this weekend as it drops only 36% for an estimated $27.5 million. Inception has made approximately $193 million so far domestically, with another $170 million coming in from overseas. If Warner Bros. and Nolan were waiting for the masses to give them the go-ahead for a sequel, the people have certainly spoken. (Although, of course, a sequel is no sure thing - Nolan can do whatever he wants after Batman 3, which is also destined to become a sure-fire hit when it comes out in 2012.) Here's hoping the studios realize that a movie doesn't need to be 3D or a remake/sequel to be successful.

Coming in at second is Dinner for Schmucks, the Jay Roach-directed remake of The Dinner Game. (Good, a remake.) The film earned approximately $23.3 million, a decent if not encouraging amount for Paramount. For Steve Carell, this number is fairly similar to the opening for Date Night, which gathered $25.2 million back in April - that movie went on to make $98 million domestically. For Paul Rudd, it's slightly better than the numbers for his last two starring films, I Love You, Man ($17.8 million) and Role Models ($19 million). The duo will face immediate competition next week, however, when the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg action-comedy The Other Guys hits. Could be curtains rather quickly for these Schmucks.

Opening in fifth place (behind Salt, holding decently in third, and Despicable Me in fourth) is Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, with only $12.5 million, against a hefty reported budget of $85 million. Obviously, Warner Bros. learned too late what was obvious to everyone else: this is a movie no one needed. The other opener this weekend, Charlie St. Cloud, made about the same amount as Cats and Dogs, but in 1,000 less theaters. The Universal release grossed $12.1 million from 2,718 theaters.

Title..... Weekend Gross..... Total Cume.....

1. Inception - $27,520,000 - $193,348,000
2. Dinner for Schmucks - $23,300,000 - $23,300,000
3. Salt - $19,250,000 - $70,800,000
4. Despicable Me - $15,543,000 - $190,349,000
5. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore - $12,525,000 - $12,525,000
6. Charlie St. Cloud - $12,136,000 - $12,136,000
7. Toy Story 3 - $5,035,000 - $389,674,000
8. Grown Ups - $4,500,000 - $150,713,000
9. The Sorcerer's Apprentice - $4,320,000 - $51,881,000
10. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - $3,965,000 - $288,200,000

Source: Box Office Mojo

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