'Inception' tops weekend box office with $60.4 mil

inception-marion-cotillard-ken-watanabe-320.jpgChristopher Nolan's "Inception" seemed like a good idea -- perhaps one planted -- to audiences its opening weekend.

The sci fi action thriller earned $60.4 million in its three-day debut in 3,792 theaters, according to early estimates by Exhibitor Relations.

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the leader of a gang of thieves with two twists: They usually steal ideas, not money, and their latest job isn't stealing at all. The film also features a rather ambiguous ending

"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" had opened the Wednesday before (July 14), but only came in third with $17.4 million, behind the other big family film "Despicable Me," which in its sophomore weekend drew a respectable $32.7 million.

The Top 10 films at the box office:

"Inception" - $60.4 milllion
"Despicable Me" - $32. 7 million
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" - $17.4 million
"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" - $13.5 million
"Toy Story 3" - $11.7 million
"Grown Ups" - $10 million
"The Last Airbender" - $7.5 million
"Predators" - $6.8 million
"Knight and Day" - $3.7 million
"The Karate Kid" - $2.2 million

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