Battle: Los Angeles and Rango led the way on Monday, while Spring Break helped grosses in general.

‘Battle: Los Angeles’ #1, ‘Rango’ Passes $70 Million

on March 15, 2011 by Daniel Garris
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Battle: Los Angeles grossed $3.04 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. Sony's sci-fi action film fell 65 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's larger daily declines among wide releases. Battle: Los Angeles has slightly exceeded expectations thus far with $38.62 million in four days and will surpass the $40 million mark today. However, as is commonplace for its genre, Battle: Los Angeles has also been fairly front-loaded up to this point. Battle: Los Angeles is currently running essentially on par with 2008's 10,000 B.C.

Paramount's Rango held steady in second place with $2.29 million. The pricey computer animated film featuring Johnny Depp was down 67 percent from Monday. While that represented one of the day's poorer daily holds from Sunday, it was up a terrific 9 percent over last Monday thanks in large part to the added benefit of Spring Break business. Rango reached the $70 million mark yesterday and has now grossed a solid $70.50 million through eleven days of release. That places the film 22 percent behind the pace of 2008's Horton Hears a Who!

Warner's Red Riding Hood finished in third with $1.20 million. The fantasy horror film starring Amanda Seyfried was down 64 percent from Monday. That was on par with the 64 percent first-Monday decline on Seyfried's previous film, last year's Letters to Juliet. With a softer than expected four-day start of $15.20 million, Red Riding Hood is running 3.5 percent ahead of the pace of Letters to Juliet. However, given its more front-loaded genre, Red Riding Hood should fall behind the pace of Letters to Juliet before long.

The Adjustment Bureau took fourth place with $1.02 million. The Matt Damon vehicle from Universal was down 65 percent from Sunday and down 31 percent from last Monday. The Adjustment Bureau has grossed $39.61 million in eleven days, which already makes it the highest domestic grossing vehicle for Damon in his post-Bourne Ultimatum career. The Adjustment Bureau will clear the $40 million mark today.

Disney's Mars Needs Moms rounded out Monday's top five with $0.74 million. The poorly performing motion capture animated film was down 64 percent from Sunday. Through four days of release Mars Needs Moms has managed just $7.65 million. That makes the film one of the biggest disappointments in recent memory and places it just 9 percent ahead of the pace of 2009's Astro Boy.

Tags: Mars Needs Moms, The Adjustment Bureau, Red Riding Hood, Rango, Battle: Los Angeles
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