2. “Inception” ($8.2 million)
3. “Salt” ($5.9 million)
4. “Charlie St. Cloud” ($5.6 million)
5. “Despicable Me” ($4.7 million)
Pulling off inception is no easy task — just ask Leonardo DiCaprio’s Dom Cobb, one of few extractors capable of planting ideas rather than simply taking them — so it comes as a bit of a surprise that “Inception” was just bested by a bunch of “Schmucks.”
In its first day in theaters, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell’s “Dinner for Schmucks” won the box office’s coveted first place spot with an estimated $8.4 million Friday. A remake of the 1998 French film “Le Dîner de Cons,” Jay Roach’s “Schmucks” is well on track for a solid opening weekend. But “Inception” hasn’t fallen out of competition, not by a long shot. Christopher Nolan’s surreal caper thriller earned $8.2 million on Friday, allowing the reigning champion plenty of room to finish on top of the box office once again by the weekend’s conclusion.
Newcomers “Charlie St. Cloud” and “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” debuted with less success than “Schmucks,” landing in fourth place with $5.6 million and sixth place with $4.3 million respectively. With family audiences more likely to flock to theaters on Saturday and Sunday, “Cats & Dogs” could still get a boost into the top five by Sunday night.
The remainder of Friday’s top five performers were Angelina Jolie’s “Salt” with a $5.9 million third place finish and “Despicable Me” with a $4.7 million fifth place finish.
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