Inception trumps Salt in America
Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception has won a battle of superstar action thrillers over Angelina Jolie's Salt at the US weekend box office.
The film, directed by Christopher Nolan, remained the No 1 movie in America for the second-straight weekend with 43.5 million dollars, according to studio estimates on Sunday.
The Warner Bros thriller featuring Hollywood star Leo as leader of a team that sneaks into people's dreams raised its 10-day total to 143.7 million.
Sony's spy caper Salt debuted at No 2 with a solid 36.5 million dollars.
The movie stars Angelina as a CIA operative who goes rogue after she is accused of being a Russian sleeper agent.
Coming in third with 24.1 million was Steve Carell's family hit Despicable Me. The animated comedy raised its domestic total to 161.7 million dollars.
The top three movies were all original stories, not sequels or adaptations of comic books, best-sellers, video games or other pre-existing material.
"Typically in summer, all we're seeing are rehashes and sequels and reboots, whatever you want to call them," said Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com.
"To have original stories as the top three films is a lesson to studios that maybe audiences are open to more originality in the summer and to perhaps not play it so safe, even though that goes against the grain of every fibre in every studio executive's being."
Estimated ticket sales for Friday to Sunday at US and Canadian theatres are according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released on Monday.