Box Office: 'Inception' licks 'Salt' by $7 million

inception-leonardo-dicaprio-320.jpgAccording to weekend estimates (actual numbers will be released Monday), psychological thriller "Inception" held on to its reign at the box office, bringing in $43.5 million for the weekend. Its 10-day total is now at $143.7 million.

Angelina Jolie's spy thriller "Salt" came in second, but still had a respectable opening weekend take of $36.5 million, which is right where distributor Columbia Pictures thought it would be. Iit was looking like "Salt" would be closer to "Inception" in the totals -- after Friday, they were only $500,000 apart. Jolie's past two action movies, "Wanted" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," both opened at around $50 million.

Animated comedy "Despicable Me" starring Steve Carell was third with $24.1 million, bringing its box office earnings total to $161.7. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" jumped from no. 5 to no. 4 after Friday, earning $9.7 million for the weekend. "Ramona and Beezus" slipped from fourth to sixth, with a weekend total of $8 million. "Toy Story 3" jumped up into the no. 5 spot with $9 million.

The complete top 12 is as follows:

"Inception"                          $43.5, $143.7
"Salt"                                 $36.5, $36.5
"Despicable Me"                 $24.1, $161.7
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" $9.7, $42.6
"Toy Story 3"                      $9.0, $379.5
"Ramona and Beezus"        $8.0, $8.0
"Grown Ups"                       $7.6, $142.4
"Twilight: Eclipse"               $7.0, $279.7              
"The Last Airbender"           $4.2, $123.3
"Predators"                        $2.9, $46.6
"The Kids are All Right"       $2.6, $4.95
"Knight and Day"                $1.7, $72.7

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