Rango closed the gap between it and Battle: Los Angeles on Wednesday.

‘Battle: Los Angeles’ in First, ‘Rango’ a Close Second

on March 17, 2011 by Daniel Garris

Sony's Battle: Los Angeles led the daily box office for a sixth straight day on Wednesday. The sci-fi action film grossed $2.36 million, which was down a steep 21 percent from Tuesday. That represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases for a second consecutive day. Battle: Los Angeles has slightly exceeded expectations thus far with a six-day start of $43.98 million. However, with each passing day it is looking more and more likely that the film will be quite front-loaded, which is common for its genre.

Rango experienced one of the day's better holds to stay in second with $2.21 million. Paramount's pricey computer-animated film was down 11 percent from Tuesday and up a terrific 36 percent over last Wednesday. Spring Break continues to help out midweek grosses in general this week, especially for family fare. The film made up quite a bit of ground on Battle: Los Angeles yesterday and should overtake it in the daily rankings before long. Rango topped the $75 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $75.21 million in 13 days.

Warner's Red Riding Hood grossed $1.12 million to remain in third. The fantasy horror film starring Amanda Seyfried was down 18 percent from Tuesday. On the heels of a softer than expected start last weekend the film's midweek grosses have been a bit underwhelming this week. That isn't a good sign for the film's second weekend hold this coming weekend. Red Riding Hood has grossed $17.70 million in six days of release and is set to surpass the $20 million mark on Friday.

The Adjustment Bureau held steady in fourth with $1.05 million. Like Red Riding Hood, the Matt Damon vehicle from Universal was also down 18 percent from Tuesday. Thanks in part to Spring Break the film was down just 18 percent from last Wednesday. The Adjustment Bureau has grossed $41.95 million through 13 days in theaters; already making it the highest grossing Matt Damon vehicle in his post-Bourne Ultimatum career.

Mars Needs Moms rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.77 million. Disney's big-budget 3D motion-capture film was also down 18 percent from Tuesday. Even with the added premium of 3D tickets, Mars Needs Moms has managed just $9.36 million in six days of release. That's obviously a tremendously disappointing start. Mars Needs Moms will clear the $10 million mark today.

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

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