Inception woos box office

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Inception ran away with the top prize at the box office this weekend, shoving last week’s numero uno Despicable Me off the top spot.

Opening to the sound of $60m, Inception proved the weekend’s biggest draw, and garnered favourable reviews that mean it’s currently a healthy 84% fresh over at Rotten Tomatoes.

Despicable Me had to settle for second place with just over half of Inception ’s taking ($32m), while Disney will be disappointed with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice , which failed to weave a powerful enough spell, ending up in third and bagging just $17m. Ouch.

Threequels Twilight: Eclipse and Toy Story 3 both filled out of the rest of the top five, the former with $13m, the latter $11m.

Meanwhile, Grown Ups stuck firm in sixth place with $10m, The Last Airbender slipped two places to seventh as attendance dropped by 55% (it took $7.4m), and Predators went all the way from third to eighth with $6.8m. As an aside, the Adrien Brody-starring sequel has now made its $40m budget back – does that mean we’ll see more predators in cinemas soon? We wouldn’t advise holding your breath.

Rounding out the top ten, Knight & Day attendance dropped by 52% (not surprising considering the scathing reviews) with $3.7m, and The Karate Kid came in tenth, perhaps signalling its last week in the top ten, with $2.2m.

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