Weekend Box Office - Inception Lives The Dream For Third Weekend In A Row

By Scott Gwin 2010-08-01 14:57:30discussion comments
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The summer of mediocrity marched onward this weekend with three new entries making minimal splashes in theaters. Despite big names attached to each, none mustered enough audience interest to topple Inception which held on to the number one spot for a third weekend in a row and fell just shy of the $200 million domestic sales mark.

The closest competitor was Dinner for Schmucks which, despite a title and premise that only a schmuck could love, landed stars like Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell. Nevermind the names, thanks to a marketing parade that made the movie look all but unwatchable, audiences only turned over $23 million this weekend to hand the movie a weak second place.

Featuring voices like Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Nolte and Bette Midler didn't do much good for Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Besides having one of the most snicker-worthy villain names in kid-movie history, the movie also suffered a complete lack of interest from audiences. In a miserable fifth place opening it banked only $12.3 million against an $85 million budget. I guess if you're going to pay millions to get big name voices and even more millions to computer animate animal mouths to match them, you'd better offer up something that parents don't mind enduring if you expect them to take the kids.

Zac Efron's ongoing attempt to carve out a career post-High School Musical continued to flop around like a fish out of water at the box office thsi weekend. Charlie St. Cloud did only $12.1 million in ticket sales this weekend for a narrow sixth place. That's, by a very wide margin, the lowest opening for any wide release flick starring Efron.

For the full weekend totals check out the chart below:

1.
Inception $27,520,000  -  Total: $193,348,000 LW: 1     WR: 3    
THTRS: 3,545
2.
Dinner for Schmucks * $23,300,000  -  Total: $23,300,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 2,911
3.
Salt $19,250,000  -  Total: $70,800,000 LW: 2     WR: 2    
THTRS: 3,612
4.
Despicable Me $15,543,000  -  Total: $190,349,000 LW: 3     WR: 4    
THTRS: 3,602
5.
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore * $12,525,000  -  Total: $12,525,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,705
6.
Charlie St. Cloud * $12,136,000  -  Total: $12,136,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 2,718
7.
Toy Story 3 $5,035,000  -  Total: $389,674,000 LW: 5     WR: 7    
THTRS: 2,105
8.
Grown Ups $4,500,000  -  Total: $150,713,000 LW: 7     WR: 6    
THTRS: 2,269
9.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice $4,320,000  -  Total: $51,881,000 LW: 4     WR: 3    
THTRS: 2,524
10.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $3,965,000  -  Total: $288,200,000 LW: 8     WR: 5    
THTRS: 2,334

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