At The Movies: ‘Salt’ Can’t Knock Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Inception’ From Atop Box Office

Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Inception” won the weekend box office battle to stay on top, despite the release of Angelina Jolie’s new action-thriller “Salt”.

“Inception” remained at #1 for the second-straight weekend with $43.5 million, according to studio estimates. That brings its 10-day total to $143.7 million.

In at #2 was Jolie’s spy caper “Salt”, raking in $36.5 million. The movie stars Jolie as a CIA operative who goes rogue after she’s accused of being a Russian sleeper agent.

Coming in at #3 with $24.1 million was Steve Carell’s family hit “Despicable Me.” The animated comedy raised its domestic total to $161.7 million.

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” dropped one spot to #4 with $9.6 million, while “Toy Story 3” rounds out the top 5 with $9.

The weekend’s other new wide release, the family comedy “Ramona and Beezus,” took in $8 million to finish at #6. The movie is based on Beverly Cleary’s children’s books about a teenage girl and her accident-prone little sister.

That wraps things up this weekend. Next weekend, look out for the release of the the family film “Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore”, the Zac Efron drama “Charlie St. Cloud,” and Steve Carell’s “Dinner for Schmucks.”

This weekend’s top 10 is as follows:

1 – “Inception,” $43.5 million.
2 – “Salt,” $36.5 million.
3 – “Despicable Me,” $24.1 million.
4 – “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” $9.7 million.
5 – “Toy Story 3,” $9 million.
6 – “Ramona and Beezus,” $8 million.
7 – “Grown Ups,” $7.6 million.
8 – “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” $7 million.
9 – “The Last Airbender,” $4.2 million.
10 – “Predators,” $2.9 million.

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