'Salt' takes on 'Inception'
Friday 23 July 2010
Angelina Jolie hits cinemas this weekend in the US with
Salt, which will challenge last weekend's blockbuster,
Inception, for the top spot at the box office in a close race.
Moviegoers will choose between two action-packed thrillers - Jolie's spy story directed by Phillip Noyce and Leonardo DiCaprio's sci-fi tale directed by The Dark Knight's Christopher Nolan.
With positive reviews, Salt expects to take an estimated $30-40 million. Action is the actress's strong suit at the box office, with Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Wanted earning the actress big openings.
If the percentage of drop-off for Inception, which earned an impressive $62 million last weekend, reaches 40-50 percent, Salt could reach the number one position.
For one of the first times this summer, neither film is a franchise, sequel or reboot. The other new film releasing Friday in the US is Ramona & Beezus, adapted from a popular book series and sure to draw young girls and families.
Internationally, Inception is the likely winner, opening wider over a couple dozen countries across Europe and Latin America as well as in Australia and Japan. Salt only starts up in a handful of countries this weekend.
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