Schmucks second to Inception at boxoffice

Schmucks second to Inception at boxoffice

Warner Bros.’ 3D comedy sequel “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” was out-clawed by two wide-opening rivals, but the studio’s leggy pedigree “Inception” finished at the top of the domestic boxoffice during the weekend.

Christopher Nolan-directed “Inception” collected $27.5 million to grab first place for a third straight frame and push cumulative coin for the Leonardo DiCaprio starrer to $193.3 million through its first 17 days. “Kitty” — the weekend’s priciest new release — proved surprisingly toothless, settling for a fifth place debut with just $12.5 million.

Paramount’s Jay Roach-helmed yuck-fest “Dinner for Schmucks” opened solidly with $23.3 million in second place. And Universal’s Zac Efron-toplined drama “Charlie St. Cloud” — a romantic fantasy for teens and tweens — bowed roughly as expected with $12.1 million in sixth place.

Two pics hitting their sophomore sessions posted relatively modest weekend-over-weekend declines: Sony’s action thriller “Salt,” starring Angelina Jolie, fell 47% from its opening tally to fetch $19.3 million in third place with a $70.8 million cume; Fox’s family comedy “Ramona and Beezus” slid from the top rankings on a 53% decline, to $3.7 million and a $6.3 million cume.

Focus Features’ dramatic comedy “The Kids Are All Right” expanded wide in its fourth frame — to 847 theaters from a previous 201 — and registered $3.5 million, or a sturdy $4,090 per venue. Boasting a $9.6 million cume, “Kids” will add about 100 more locations Friday.

Collectively, the weekend top 10 rung up $128 million, or 20% more than top performers in a comparable frame last year, Rentrak said.

Among limited bows this session, Sony Pictures Classics unspooled the period dramedy “Get Low” — starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black — in two New York locations and two in L.A. to gross $90,954, or an auspicious $22,739 per site.

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