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'Inception' Has $60.4 Million Dream Weekend at Box Office

Christopher Nolan's 'Inception' easily topped the weekend box office with a dreamy debut of $60.4 million.

In fact, the film also set a new personal best for Leonardo DiCaprio's as his biggest opening weekend, topping his previous best of $41.1 million with 'Shutter Island' earlier this year.

The film stars DiCaprio as leader of a team that normally breaks into people's dreams to steal their secrets but now has been hired to do the opposite - plant an idea an heir's subconscious.

Strong reviews and buzz no doubt helped 'Inception' and there is already talk of the movie being nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. It's the summer's biggest debut so far for a original and non-franchise feature. This may also finally be the year Leonardo DiCaprio takes home a Best Actor Oscar.

Meanwhile, Last weekend's chart topper, Steve Carell's animated 'Despicable Me', earned $32.7 million to slip into second. While Disney's family adventure 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' opened in third with $17.4 million.

The movie reunited Nicolas Cage, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub -- the team behind 'National Treasure' -- but the result for the comedy was anything but. It was Bruckheimer's second production to come up short this summer, following 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time', which was unable to break past the coveted $100 million mark.

The 'A-Team' bowed out of the top ten after five weekends and earning $75.2 million domestically.

Here's a complete rundown of the weekend box office:

1. Inception, $60.4 million.
2. Despicable Me, $32.7 million.
3. The Sorcerer's Apprentice, $17.4 million.
4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, $13.5 million.
5. Toy Story 3, $11.7 million.
6. Grown Ups, $10 million.
7. The Last Airbender, $7.5 million.
8. Predators, $6.8 million.
9. Knight and Day, $3.7 million.
10. The Karate Kid, $2.2 million.

July 19, 2010 |

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