Weekend Box Office – August 1, 2010

Despite Paul Rudd and Steve Carell’s best efforts to snag the number one spot from the current champ Inception, Dinner For Schmucks just wasn’t able to get the job done. While it beat out Inception on Friday, Dinner For Schmucks fell short at the box office by the end of the weekend.

Analysts were predicting that Dinner For Schmucks may give Inception some decent competition this week but it looks like audiences are still flocking to Nolan’s latest masterpiece. Check out the full box office results below.

1. Inception – $27.5 million; $193 mil

2. Dinner For Schmucks – $23.3 million; $23.2 mil (debut weekend)

3. Salt – $19.2 million; $70.8 mil

4. Despicable Me – $15.5 million; $190 mil

5. Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore – $12.5 million; $12.5 mil (debut weekend)

6. Charlie St. Cloud – $12.1 million; $12.1 mil (debut weekend)

7. Toy Story 3 – $5.04 million; $390 mil

8. Grown Ups – $4.5 million; $151 mil

9. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice– $4.32 million; $51.9 mil

10. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse– $3.96 million; $288 mil

While it is undoubtedly going to cross the $200 million mark, Inception still has quite a ways to go until it reaches $300. It is still holding onto the number one spot after three weeks and despite a couple big movies coming this month, I think it can continue to draw audiences in and hopefully reach the $300 million mark.

Dinner For Schmucks opened to a respectable amount and an amount that was a lot higher than people were expecting. Prior to the film’s release there was negative buzz surrounding the film. The cast is most likely what caused Schmucks to have a strong opening and it was easily able to grab the number two spot.

Easing into third was Salt which is closing in on the $100 million mark. If it hits it, and it probably will, it just may be enough to greenlight a sequel. Can you say franchise?

Despicable Me continues to please audiences as it moves closer to the $200 million mark. Domestically it’s doing great and once you add in the overseas take, Despicable Me will prove itself to be a bonafide hit.

The Cats and Dogs sequel managed to pull off a number five spot this week and with $12.5 million I think it’s safe to say this film won’t be doing too well. Following close behind was the new Zac Efron film, Charlie St. Cloud, which didn’t do well either. Granted it does have some tough competition, I’m still surprised as I thought the High School Musical crowd would be out in full force for this one.

Toy Story 3 and Grown Ups continue to hang around and both are still doing very well. Grown Ups passed the $150 million mark and Toy Story 3 is closing in on an incredible $400 million.

Rounding out the list is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice which isn’t generating interest from anyone and The Twilight Saga Eclipse, both of which should be off the list next week. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is officially a flop and Eclipse continues to keep a grin on the face of the folks at Summit Entertainment.

Next week Inception will have tough competition from The Other Guys. I’m predicting The Other Guys will take number one or two, Step Up 3D will flop and Middle Men just may surprise people