Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Inception'As expected, 'Inception' invaded the minds of moviegoers this weekend and grabbed a box office victory, to the tune of $60.4 million, according to studio estimates. That's more than three times the estimated $17.4 million that fellow newcomer 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' earned from Friday to Sunday.

While 'Inception' didn't quite reach the most optimistic projections, it still managed to live up to its hype as the summer film most anticipated by critics and grown-up moviegoers. Its per-screen average was $15,928, the highest of any movie currently in wide release. The brain-twisting sci-fi thriller's success seemed to confirm the notion that this summer's audiences prefer originality to uninspired sequels and retreads, and it marked another hit for writer/director Christopher Nolan ('The Dark Knight') and star Leonardo DiCaprio.

For producer Jerry Bruckheimer, however, 'Apprentice' marks the second movie this summer (after 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time') in which his Disney-ready, family-friendly action blockbuster formula has met with audience indifference. After a weak Wednesday opening and lukewarm word of mouth, the film has earned an estimated $24.5 million in five days, settling for third place at the box office.