inception leonardo dicaprio 320 Box Office: 'Inception' licks 'Salt' by $7 millionAccording to weekend estimates (actual numbers will be released Monday), psychological thriller “Inception” held on to its reign at the box office, bringing in $43.5 million for the weekend. Its 10-day total is now at $143.7 million.

Angelina Jolie‘s spy thriller “Salt” came in second, but still had a respectable opening weekend take of $36.5 million, which is right where distributor Columbia Pictures thought it would be. Iit was looking like “Salt” would be closer to “Inception” in the totals — after Friday, they were only $500,000 apart. Jolie’s past two action movies, “Wanted” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” both opened at around $50 million.

Animated comedy “Despicable Me” starring Steve Carell was third with $24.1 million, bringing its box office earnings total to $161.7. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” jumped from no. 5 to no. 4 after Friday, earning $9.7 million for the weekend. “Ramona and Beezus” slipped from fourth to sixth, with a weekend total of $8 million. “Toy Story 3” jumped up into the no. 5 spot with $9 million.

The complete top 12 is as follows:

“Inception”                          $43.5, $143.7
“Salt”                                 $36.5, $36.5
“Despicable Me”                 $24.1, $161.7
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” $9.7, $42.6
“Toy Story 3”                      $9.0, $379.5
“Ramona and Beezus”        $8.0, $8.0
“Grown Ups”                       $7.6, $142.4
“Twilight: Eclipse”               $7.0, $279.7              
“The Last Airbender”           $4.2, $123.3
“Predators”                        $2.9, $46.6
“The Kids are All Right”       $2.6, $4.95
“Knight and Day”                $1.7, $72.7

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."