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'Inception' Steals the First Spot at Box Office

July 19, 2010, 2:43 am GMT

The Christopher Nolan's film snatches the crown from 'Despicable Me' though it does not fulfill the projected opening revenue of 70 million dollars.



"Inception" has affirmed itself as one of the best summer movies this year. Not only gaining positive review, but also the film has named itself a king at North American Box Office by sitting on the top spot with $62.8 million cume.

This number, however, is lower than the $70 million opening which was projected by some analysts. It is additionally not even close to Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" 's biggest opening weekend of all-time with $158.4 million. But with the $62.8 million, "Inception" surely gives lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio his biggest debut ever.

Still, the man behind the sci-fi, Nolan, receives praises for his work as Dan Fellman of Warner Bros. says, "He's a star for us. It's clear there's no kind of movie he can't make, and make well." On the movie, Fellman states, "Being original and fresh and different matters in this marketplace, and this movie had all of those things."

In contrary to "Inception", another newcomer "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" fails to impress audience as it only rakes in $17.6 million and sits on the third place. "It's disappointing to say the least. I'm perplexed. I have no response, because I honestly don't know what went wrong," says Chuck Viane, head of distribution for Disney which had high hopes for the film that reunites Nicolas Cage, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub who previously worked on the hit "National Treasure" movies.

Meanwhile, last week champion "Despicable Me" suffers about 41.8% decline in ticket sales, forcing it to drop to the runner-up place with $32.8 million cume. "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse" comes fourth with an additional $13.4 gross, followed by "Toy Story 3" which collects $12 million on its fifth weekend.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for July 16-18:

  1. "Inception" - $62.8 million
  2. "Despicable Me" - $32.8 million
  3. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" - $17.6 million
  4. "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse" - $13.4 million
  5. "Toy Story 3" - $12 million
  6. "Grown Ups" - $9.9 million
  7. "The Last Airbender" - $7.8 million
  8. "Predators" - $7 million
  9. "Knight & Day" - $3.6 million
  10. "The Karate Kid" - $2.3 million

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