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Inception Begins As The Sorcerer's Magic Ends - Week 11

Toy Story 3
Iron Man 2
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Inception
Despicable Me
Shrek Forever After
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Predators
After a rough four-years following The Departed, Leonardo DiCaprio's had a fantastic 2010. With the back-to-back hits of Shutter Island and now Inception, we've all forgotten about the Body of Lies that paved his Revolutionary Road to the Blood Diamond. Then again, working with one of the most revered directors of all-time and arguably the most revered director/screenwriter of the 21st century (so far) didn't hurt either.

Christopher Nolan continued to show he's not afraid to take risks by making the high-concept movie Inception and audiences rewarded the originality to the tune of $62.8 million. While a far cry from The Dark Knight's $158 million debut, it's still a heck of an improvement from The Prestige's $14.8 million opening. Still, it's nice to see Nolan can make a movie without Christian Bale. We realize now it's Michael Caine he can't live without… And really, why should he?

The next Pirates of the Caribbean movie can't get here soon enough for Jerry Bruckheimer. He's had a terrible summer as his new Prince of Persia franchise died before they ran out of Happy Meal toys and now The Sorcerer's Apprentice had an unenchanted five-day run of $24.7 million. The good news is that this will probably force him to release a 24-year Anniversary release of Top Gun this Christmas with previously unreleased songs by Kenny Loggins. He always knew how to take us right into the Danger Zone.

Despicable Me was adorable in its second week dropping an "it's so fluffy" 42%. Freeze raying another 32.8 million, there is nothing villainous about $118.4 million in only 10 days. Steve Carell may not have gotten "sequel money" for Get Smart, but Universal will get smart and green light Despicable Me 2: Despicable Harder pronto.

Wow, so much for that reboot as Predators was booted in its second weekend dropping a whopping 72%. I guess they'll have to come up with something new now like X-Files vs. Predators to try and revive both franchises. Fox and Scully investigate people being abducted by the Predators until they're actually abducted themselves, and it's all up to the Lone Gunmen to get them the Black Oil they need to stop them… Or, I guess they could just use those alien hybrid supersoldiers they came up with in Season 9, but we're still trying to pretend everything after Season 5 never happened.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:

#1. Toy Story 3 - $363 million
#2. Iron Man 2 - $310 million
#3. Eclipse - $264.8 million
#4. Shrek 4 - $234.4 million
#5. Karate Kid - $169.3 million

This Week
Angelina Jolie comes to add a little flavor to the summer season with Salt. While in some ways this feels like a derivative action flick, Jolie has certainly solidified herself as someone who can sell action flicks whether they are derivative or not. Without any other "new film" competition, Salt's biggest problem will be last week's Inception. That Leo flick has a lot more buzz going for it and it certainly seems fresher than Jolie's preservative.

by Matt Neuenburg on 07/19/2010

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Despicable Me, Inception, Iron Man 2, Predators, Shrek Forever After, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Toy Story 3
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