‘Inception’ Beats The ‘Schmucks’ In The Sunday Box Office Report

1. “Inception” ($27.5 million)
2. “Dinner for Schmucks” ($23.3 million)
3. “Salt” ($19.3 million)
4. “Despicable Me” ($15.5 million)
5. “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” ($12.5 million)

So much for the “Schmucks.” Despite the best efforts of “Anchorman” and “40 Year-Old Virgin” co-stars Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, their latest comedic effort “Dinner for Schmucks” wasn’t enough to topple the mind-boggling action extravaganza that is director Christopher Nolan’s “Inception.”

After its third weekend in theaters, Nolan’s “Inception” remains the movie to beat at the box office. Winning $27.5 million this weekend, “Inception” has barreled past its $160 million production budget with $193.3 million domestic and $85.7 million in foreign markets, with a very impressive worldwide total of $279 million.

Despite landing in second place for its first weekend in theaters, “Dinner for Schmucks” deserves more credit than its title would have you believe. After earning $23.3 million from Friday through Sunday, the comedy still has a way to go before earning back its reported $69 million production budget. The film’s foreign box office performance could push “Schmucks” further, but those numbers are currently unavailable.

Certainly, “Schmucks” did better than its incoming competitors “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” and “Charlie St. Cloud.” The “Cats & Dogs” sequel snagged the last spot in the weekend’s elite top five performers with $12.5 million, still a disappointment considering the film’s $85 million production budget. Zac Efron’s latest underperformed as well, landing in sixth place with $12.1 million.

“Salt” and “Despicable Me” finished the top five at third and fourth place, respectively.

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