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SHOW BIZ: Weekend Movie Box Office Update: July 16-July 18 2010

Rank

Film

Distributor

Weekend Total

# Of Screens

Weeks Playing

Cumulative
Box Office

1

Inception

Warner Bros.

$62,785,337

3,792

1

$62,785,337

2

Despicable Me

Universal

$32,803,660

3,501

2

$118,434,555

3

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Buena Vista

$17,619,622

3,504

1

$24,708,059

4

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Summit Entertainment

$13,420,480

4,0001

4

$264,791,897

5

Toy Story 3

Buena Vista

$11,998,276

3,177

5

$362,965,378

For more information, access the complete chart on boxofficemojo.com.

1. "Inception:" Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) writes and directs this psychological sci-fi action film about a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) doesn't steal things, he steals ideas. By projecting himself deep into the subconscious of his targets, he can glean information that even the best computer hackers can't get to. In the world of corporate espionage, Cobb is the ultimate weapon. But even weapons have their weakness, and when Cobb loses everything he's forced to embark on one final mission in a desperate quest for redemption. This time Cobb won't be harvesting an idea, but sowing one. Should he and his team of specialists succeed, they will have discovered a new frontier in the art of psychic espionage. They've planned everything to perfection, and they have all the tools to get the job done. Their mission is complicated, however, by the sudden appearance of a malevolent foe that seems to know exactly what they're up to, and precisely how to stop them. - Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

2. "Despicable Me:" A man (voiced by Steve Carell) who's in the midst of making plans to steal the moon is sidetracked when he's put in charge of three orphans in this computer-generated 3-D animated film by directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin. Jason Segel, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Danny McBride, Russell Brand, and Julie Andrews also lend their voices to the Universal Pictures production. - Jeremy Wheeler, All Movie Guide

3. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice:" Walt Disney Studios, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub, the creators of the 'National Treasure' franchise, present 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' -- an innovative and epic comedy adventure about a sorcerer and his hapless apprentice who are swept into the center of an ancient conflict between good and evil.

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protege. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'. The screenplay is by Matt Lopez and Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard from a screen story by Matt Lopez and Larry Konner & Mark Rosenthal. -www.moviefone.com

4. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse:"
In 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between Edward and Jacob -- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life. -www.moviefone.com

5. "Toy Story 3:" Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo co-director Lee Unkrich strikes out on his own with this installment into the popular computer-animated series detailing the adventures of wide-eyed cowboy doll Woody and space-ranger action figure Buzz Lightyear. Oscar-nominated scribe Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) handles screenwriting duties. - Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

 

 

 

 

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