Christopher Nolan’s Inception is no Dark Knight. We all knew that going in and we all knew it coming out. The film doesn’t have a built in comic book audience that spans 60 plus years, let alone countless TV shows and earlier movies that support its narrative. Instead, Nolan took a multi-layered idea, flushed out a story, threw in some of the hottest stars of the day, and created Inception. The film opened last weekend at number one with $62 million and according to the latest estimates it kicked off the new work week with another 10!

The Monday estimate for Inception has it earning $10.2 million, which means it could accumulate close to $100 million by the end of the week. The film’s production budget is listed at $160 million and it’s already grossed $73 million domestically with plenty of worldwide markets to reach over the next few months.

If you look at the rest of the summer’s competition, there’s nothing really standing in Inception’s way in terms of critical and commercial dominance. This week there’s Salt, a film that has Angelina Jolie starring as Jason Bourne in a skirt, Dinner for Schmucks and The Other Guys which are up for debate, then Scott Pilgrim vs the World and The Expendables which both have specific audiences their catering to. Inception could be the top dog of the bland 2010 summer blockbuster season.

How much do you think Inception will make at the box office?

Source: Box Office Mojo