"Inception" is still the most watched movie in North America as of last weekend. The movie has stayed on top of the chart for three straight weeks with an additional $27.5 million cume, outclassing a number of newcomers such as "Dinner for Schmucks", "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" and "Charlie St. Cloud".
" 'Inception' has seeped into the cultural zeitgeist," says Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. "It's something that everyone is talking about right now. When a movie is able to do that and something just clicks, it becomes a national - even an international - discussion, and it's seemingly impervious to any of the newcomers."
A comedy with Steve Carell on the lead, "Dinner for Schmucks" enters the chart on the second spot with $23.5 million cume. Thus, it pushes aside last week runner-up "Salt" which now drops to the third and rakes in $19.5 million.
Universal Pictures 3-D CGI feature "Despicable Me" follows on the fourth spot with an additional $15.5 revenue. Rounding up the top five, meanwhile, is "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" which collects $12.3 million on its first weekend.
Another newcomer "Charlie St. Cloud" is slightly behind "Cats & Dogs 2" with $12.4 million gross. "With a Zac Efron movie and a 3-D sequel to a popular movie, I think people expected it to be a horse race, but it really wasn't," Don Harris, Paramount's vice president of distribution, comments on the drama and "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore".
Top Ten Movies at Box Office for July 30 - August 1: