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Weekend Estimates: Inception Has Dream Opening

July 18th, 2010

Christopher Nolan confirmed his place as one of Hollywood's most bankable directors and Leonardo DiCaprio enjoyed the best opening weekend of his career as Inception posted an impressive $60.4 million opening weekend for Warner Bros., according to studio estimates released on Sunday. While not quite as high as the more optimistic predictions for the weekend, it's a very solid debut for a non-franchise picture, and good word-of-mouth could deliver very strong numbers as the Summer season begins to wind down over the next few weeks.

Despicable Me claimed second place with $32.7 million, down 42% from its opening. The movie charged past $100 million in nine days, and will be eying a $200 million run. The Sorcerer's Apprentice most likely will struggle to make a quarter of that after earning just $17.4 million over its opening weekend and $24.5 million after five days. That's a big disappointment for Disney in a year that has been a mixture of big hits and disappointments for the studio.

Grown Ups enjoyed another weekend of modest declines, falling 37%, the best week-to-weed performance in the top ten. Cyrus was even more impressive, slipping just 16% to land in eleventh place.

The Kids Are All Right had another great weekend as it expanded into 38 theaters and topped $1 million for an average over $25,000.

The weekend's other major new release, Standing Ovation struggled, with just $360,000 in 625 theaters, once more illuminating the challenges faced by small distributors when they open a film nationally.

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Filed under: Weekend Box Office