The dream continues for Inception.
Carell's and Paul Rudd's $60 million-ish Dinner for Schmucks opened OK, with $23.3 million—in the neighborhood of Carell's (cheaper) Date Night. For Rudd, the debut was a career-best for a movie that could accurately be called a Paul Rudd movie.
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore ($12.5 million) proved another thing: Just because you charge 3D prices, doesn't mean you'll make money. The original Cats & Dogs opened with $21.7 million in back in 2001 2.D.
• Inception's three-weekend box-office reign ties Shrek Forever After's for most No.1 finishes this summer.
• The $160 million epic has now grossed $193.3 million domestically. Among all 2010 films, it stands in seventh place.
• On one hand, Charlie St. Cloud opened bigger than Remember Me ($8.1 million back in March). On the other hand, the $44 million Efron movie cost more than twice as much to make as the $18 million Robert Pattinson movie.
• If High School Musical-adoring tweens are no longer Efron's audience, then who is? Presumed torso-admiring females, who made up nearly 80 percent of Charlie St. Cloud's moviegoers.
• Angelina Jolie's Salt ($19.3 million) held well, and moved its worldwide take past $100 million.
• In case you were wondering, Salt is now the biggest-opening Jolie movie ever in the Ukraine.
• Despicable Me ($15.5 milllion) broke $190 million domestically; Adam Sandlers sturdy Grown Ups topped $150 million.
• If you want to crush the spirit of a film critic, tell her the $150 million The Last Airbender ($1.8 million, and out of the Top 10 after five weekends) has grossed $127.2 million domestically, and north of $165 million worldwide.
Here's a complete look at the weekend's top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
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