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dinner for schmucks box office 'Dinner for Schmucks' edges out 'Inception' at Friday box office

“Inception” finally loosens its grip on the U.S. box office — but not by much.

Paramount’s “Dinner for Schmucks” bested the two-week-old champ at Friday’s box office, despite tepid reviews and the trailers’ obvious warning of ventriloquy humor, with $8.3 million haul, reports Deadline.

The other two new entries thought to be in contention for this weekend’s title, “Charlie St. Cloud” and “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” came in fourth and sixth respectively, failing to approach “Inception’s” close second and “Salt’s” third.

The full Top 10 films:

1. “Dinner for Schmucks” – $8.3 million
2. “Inception” – $8.1 million
3. “Salt” – $5.9 million
4. “Charlie St. Cloud” – $5.6 million
5. “Despicable Me” – $4.6 million
6. “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” – $4.2 million
7. “Toy Story 3” – $1.4 million
8. “Grown Ups” – $1.3 million
9. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” – $1.3 million
10. “Ramona and Beezus – $1.2 million

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