Inception still tops US box office
Inception has topped the US box office for the third weekend in a row.
The mind-bending Warner Bros thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio took 27.5 million dollars, bringing its total to 193.3 million dollars, according to studio estimates on 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 dollars, 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.
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 per cent drop from its 36.5 million opening weekend. During the busy summer movie season, top hits often drop 50 per cent or more in the second weekend.