Inception: A Schmuck’s Worst Nightmare

by | Aug 2nd, 2010 | 8:09AM | Filed under: Box Office News

Moviegoers just can’t get Christopher Nolan’s Inception outta their heads. For the third week in a row, the mind-bendy thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio reigned supreme at the box office. This time around it pulled in $27.5 million, beating out all three of Friday’s new wide releases. Worldwide it’s already earned $363.3 million — not too shabby, huh? Needless to say, it’s more than made up for its $160 production budget.

In second place with $23.3 million were Steve Carell, his awful toupee, his dead mice, and Paul Rudd in Dinner for Schmucks — clearly the most successful of Inception‘s latest cinematic competitors.  Especially considering the fact that Salt (now in its second week) and Despicable Me (now in its fourth week) took the next two spots, with $19.3 million and $15.5 million, respectively.  Believe it or not, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore clawed and scratched its way into the top five and earned $12.5 million. That left the other newbie of the weekend, Charlie St. Cloud, in sixth place with $12.3 million. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Never underestimate the power of talking animals!  (Though, that being said, Cats & Dogs 2 has a long way to go before it earns back its $85 million budget — mee-ouch!)

So what do you think — can Inception keep all other competitors trapped in limbo for a fourth week?  The biggest competition will come from the buddy cop flick The Other Guys, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.  But there will also be Step Up 3D and Luke Wilson’s Middle Men (about the porn industry) vying for attention at the cineplex.

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