Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Berenger, Ken Watanabe, and Michael Caine, Inception grossed an estimated $21.64 million on Friday (including about $3 million from Thursday midnight screenings).
Weekend expectations for Nolan's film have been hovering around $60m-$65m.
Former box office champion Despicable Me was the no. 2 movie, earning a solid $10.05m. The fantasy adventure crossed the $100m milestone some time today.
At no. 3, the poorly received Jerry Bruckheimer/Disney release The Sorcerer's Apprentice took in $5.4m. The film's total after three days is $12.4 million, which makes it unlikely Sorcerer will reach $25 million by late Sunday as some had predicted.
Down two spots from Thursday after losing 400 theaters (including nearly all IMAX venues), Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, collected $4.5 million at no. 4.
Photo: Inception(Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.)