‘Inception’ Is Top Film With $62.8 Million in Sales

The science-fiction thriller “Inception” was the No. 1 movie at U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend, taking in $62.8 million in ticket sales for Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros.

“Despicable Me,” from Universal Pictures, fell to second place with $32.8 million in its second weekend, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. Among other new films, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” was third with $17.6 million, Hollywood.com said.

“Inception,” director Christopher Nolan’s first film since “The Dark Knight” was released in 2008, is the third first-place opening for Time Warner this year. Sales were helped by critical praise, getting a favorable evaluation from 156 of 187 reviews compiled on the fan site Rottentomatoes.com.

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