Christopher Nolan's INCEPTION dreamed of the top of the U.S. box office and made it a reality for the weekend of July 16-18, 2010. With vfx from Double Negative, the dreamscape heist flick earned $60.4 million.
Universal and Illumination Ent.'s DESPICABLE ME held strong in its second weekend, stealing another $32.7 million. The animated hit has earned $118.4 million thus far.
Disney's THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE popped up in third. With Double Negative, Asylum VFX, Hirota Paint Industries (HPI), Method Studios, Realscan 3D and Rising Sun Pictures, the magical adventure had a weak start with a $17.4 million haul in its debut weekend.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, from Summit Ent., rose to fourth place with $13.5 million. With vfx from Hatch Production, Image Engine Design, Lola Visual Effects, Rodeo FX, Tippett Studio and Wildfire Visual Effects, the teen sensation has a cume of $264.9 million.
Coming in at #5, TOY STORY 3 ran away with an additional $11.7 million. The Disney-Pixar adventure has rounded up $362.7 million.
Sony's GROWN UPS camped out at #6 with another $10 million. The summer vacation comedy swings his cume to $129.3 million.
Paramount Pictures' THE LAST AIRBENDER floated into seventh with $7.45 million. With vfx from DIVE, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Kerner Optical, Quantum Creation FX and Svengali Visual Effects, the M. Night Shyamalan production bent $114.8 million to date.
Fox's PREDATOR plummeted from third to eighth, making another $6.8 million. With vfx from Hybride Technologies and K.N.B. Effects Group, the sci-fi thriller has only made $40.1 million in two weeks.
In ninth, Fox's KNIGHT & DAY kidnapped another $3.7 million. With vfx from Hydraulx, Rhythm & Hues, Soho VFX, Weta Digital and Wildfire Visual Effects, the globetrotting actioner brought its cume to $69.2 million.
Finishing off the top ten, Sony's THE KARATE KID kicked in an additional $2.2 million. The remake hit has brought in $169.2 million thus far.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.