1. "Inception" ($60.4 million)
2. "Despicable Me" ($32.7 million)
3. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" ($17.4 million)
4. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" ($13.5 million)
5. "Toy Story 3" ($11.7 million)
The mind is the scene of the crime, and judging by the weekend's box office results, many of you were witnesses as Christopher Nolan's "Inception" arrived in theaters this weekend with enough fanfare to score an easy first place finish ahead of it's competitors.
Starring an impressive cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page and more, Nolan's "Inception" emerged from it's first weekend at the box office with a gold medal worth $60.4 million, a very impressive result for a major blockbuster without any previously established material to back it up. With rave reviews from critics and moviegoers alike, look for "Inception" to stay towards the top of the box office charts for several weeks to come. But it isn't a home run just yet -- the film still has a ways to go before it recoups it's reported $160 million production budget, something that will surely be helped as "Inception" rolls out overseas over the next few weeks.
Coming in second place was "Despicable Me," continuing it's impressive run with $32.7 million earned for its second weekend at the box office. To date, the movie has earned a mighty $118.4 million haul domestically, already guaranteeing it's status as a surefire hit.
Not as sure a success is Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," which earned only $17.4 million this weekend for a total of $24.5 million since debuting last Wednesday. With a reported $150 million production budget, it's clear that Disney's latest magic trick could use a little bit of work.
Rounding out the weekends top five performers was "Eclipse" and "Toy Story 3" with $13.5 million and $11.7 million, respectively. Next weekend sees the arrival of Angelina Jolie's action flick "Salt" and family film "Ramona and Beezus."
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