Top 10 Movies (August 2010)

Top 10 Grossing Movies in Canada and the United States. Figures are given in United States dollars (USD) and are shown based on total receipts or tickets sold in August 2010.

1. The Other Guys

Gross: 35.5 million
Release Date: 6 August 2010 (USA)
Staring: Derek Jeter, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Larnell Stovall, Jalil Jay Lynch
Genre: Action, Comedy
Description: NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson and P.K. are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. They don’t get tattoos – other men get tattoos of them. Two desks over and one back, sit Detectives Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz. You’ve seen them in the background of photos of Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and eyes closed. They’re not heroes – they’re the Other Guys. But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into New York City’s biggest crime. It’s the opportunity of their lives, but do these guys have the right stuff?

2. Inception

Gross: 228 million
Release Date: 16 July 2010 (USA)
Staring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe
Genre: Action, Mystery, Si-Fi, Thriller
Description: Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in an original sci-fi auctioneer that travels around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cob’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. This summer, your mind is the scene of the crime.

3. Step Up 3D

Gross: 15.8 million
Release Date: August 6th, 2010
Staring: Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner, Keith Stallworth
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Description: In the third installment, a tight-knit group of street dancers, including Luke (Malambri) and Natalie (Vinson), team up with NYU freshman Moose (Sevani), and find themselves pitted against the world’s best break dancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever.

4. Salt

Gross: 91.8 million
Release Date: July 23rd, 2010
Staring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Description: In Columbia Pictures’ Salt, Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer who swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. When she is accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy, Salt goes on the run to clear her name and ultimately prove she is a patriot. Using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative, she must elude capture and protect her husband or the world’s most powerful forces will erase any trace of her existence.

5. Dinner for Schmucks

Gross: 46.6 million
Release Date: July 30th, 2010
Staring: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Stephanie Szostak
Genre: Comedy
Description: Dinner for Schmucks tells the story of Tim (Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss’ annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. Enter Barry (Steve Carell), a guy with a passion for dressing mice up in tiny outfits to recreate great works of art. From Jay Roach, director of Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers comes an unforgettable feast about two unlikely friends and one very memorable dinner.

6. Despicable Me

Gross: 209 million
Release Date: July 9th, 2010
Staring: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett
Genre: Animation, Family
Description:In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon (Yes, the moon!) in Universal’s new 3-D CGI feature, Despicable Me.

7. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Gross: 26.4 million
Release Date: July 30th, 2010
Staring: James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Katt Williams, Bette Midler
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Description: In the age-old battle between cats and dogs, one crazed feline has taken things a paw too far. Kitty Galore, formerly an agent for cat spy organization MEOWS, has gone rogue and hatched a diabolical plan to not only bring her canine enemies to heel, but take down her former kitty comrades and make the world her scratching post. Faced with this unprecedented threat, cats and dogs will be forced to join forces for the first time in history in an unlikely alliance to save themselves – and their humans – in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, a comedy that blends live action with state-of-the-art puppetry and computer animation. It’s time for the fur to fly.

8. Charlie St. Cloud

Gross: 23.5 million
Release Date: July 30th, 2010
Staring: Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew, Augustus Prew, Donal Logue
Genre: Drama, Romance
Description: The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is based on an acclaimed novel and follows a young man and accomplished sailor, Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron), who survives an accident that lets him see the world in a unique way. Charlie has the adoration of his mother Claire (Kim Basinger) and little brother Sam (newcomer Charlie Tahan), as well as a college scholarship that will lead him far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But his bright future is cut short when a tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it.

9. Toy Story 3

Gross: 396 million
Release Date: June 18th, 2010
Staring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Description: Toy Story 3 welcomes Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), Buzz (voice of Tim Allen) and the whole gang back to the big screen as Andy prepares to depart for college and his loyal toys find themselves in… day care! These untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice, so it’s all for one and one for all as plans for the great escape get underway. A few new faces-some plastic, some plush-join the adventure, including iconic swinging bachelor and Barbie’s counterpart Ken (voice of Michael Keaton), a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants (voice of Timothy Dalton) and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear (voice of Ned Beatty). Directed by Lee Unkrich, produced by Pixar veteran Darla K. Anderson, and written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt, Toy Story 3 is a comical new adventure in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D.

10. The Kids Are Alright

Gross: 14 million
Release Date: July 9th, 2010
Staring: Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Description: In the movie, two teen aged children conceived by artificial insemination get the notion to seek out their birth father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers have built for them. Once the donor is found, the household will never be the same, as family ties are defined, re-defined, and then re-re-defined. Ms. Cholodenko directed the feature from an original screenplay that she wrote with Stuart Blumberg.

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