- Associated Press - Monday, August 2, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - “Inception” is still kicking at the box office.

The mind-bending Warner Bros. thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio remained the No. 1 movie for the third-straight weekend with $27.5 million, bringing its total to $193.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Inception” edged out the weekend’s new releases: “Dinner for Schmucks,” “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” and “Charlie St. Cloud.”

“‘Inception’ has seeped into the cultural zeitgeist,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. “It’s something that everyone is talking about right now. When a movie is able to do that and something just clicks, it becomes a national _ even an international _ discussion, and it’s seemingly impervious to any of the newcomers.”

“Dinner for Schmucks,” the Paramount comedy starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, followed closely behind “Inception” with $23.3 million, while the Warner Bros. 3-D sequel “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” fetched $12.5 million in the No. 5 spot. “Charlie St. Cloud,” the Universal Pictures drama starring Zac Efron, debuted at No. 6 with $12.1 million.

“For us to clearly be the runaway of the three new films this weekend and come as close as we did to ‘Inception,’ which is a wonderful movie, is pretty solid,” said Don Harris, Paramount’s vice president of distribution. “With a Zac Efron movie and a 3-D sequel to a popular movie, I think people expected it to be a horse race, but it really wasn’t.”

“Salt” clung to No. 3 with $19.2 million in its second weekend, bringing its total to a solid $70.8 million. The Sony spy caper starring Angelina Jolie as a CIA operative who goes rogue suffered a 47 percent drop from its $36.5 million opening weekend. During the busy summer movie season, top hits often drop 50 percent or more in the second weekend.

Overall revenues rose for the fifth-straight weekend as Hollywood continued to recover from a lackluster box office earlier in the summer. Receipts totaled $145 million, up over 15 percent from the same weekend last year, when receipts totaled $125.7 million and the Judd Apatow film “Funny People” debuted in the No. 1 spot with $22.6 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. “Inception,” $27.5 million.

2. “Dinner for Schmucks,” $23.3 million.

3. “Salt,” $19.2 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 million.

8. “Grown Ups,” $4.5 million.

9. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” $4.3 million.

10.”The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” $3.9 million.




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