For the second week in a row, Inception dropped just 34 percent, this time to $43.3 million. On Tuesday, it passed the $200 million mark, then on Wednesday it overtook Batman Begins to become director Christopher Nolan's second highest-grossing movie ever behind The Dark Knight (it still has a few weeks before it passes Begins in attendance, though). Inception now ranks seventh on the 2010 yearly chart with a $209.1 million total.
Dinner for Schmucks closed out its opening week with $36.3 million. That's a higher gross than the opening weeks for Steve Carell's Date Night ($31.95 million) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (though Virgin had slightly better initial attendance). It also marked Paul Rudd's best opening week ever as a leading man, exceeding Role Models or I Love You, Man.
Salt finished in third place, dipping 43 percent to $29.3 million. With $80.9 million in two weeks, it should have no problem becoming distributor Sony Pictures third $100 million movie of the summer, following The Karate Kid ($173.3 million) and Grown Ups ($153.3 million).
Despicable Me had another impressive week, declining a light 32 percent to $25.2 million. On Thursday, it inched past $200 million, becoming the eighth movie and fourth animated movie to reach that milestone. It's also distributor Universal Pictures' first $200 million movie since The Bourne Ultimatum from 2007.
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore's first week fell short of topping Despicable Me's fourth week. The talking animal sequel's $19.5 million opening was less than half of the 2001 original's $41.4 million seven-day opening (and even worse in terms of attendance).
After barely topping Cats & Dogs 2 for the weekend, Charlie St. Cloud fell behind it during the week and finished with $18.8 million. This was much less than Zac Efron's last two nationwide releases High School Musical 3: Senior Year ($46.7 million) and 17 Again ($28.3 million), though the former had a built-in audience and both had more broadly-appealing premises. Charlie also came in under the somewhat similarly-themed My Sister's Keeper's $20.7 million start last summer.
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