Rango remained in first on Wednesday, as grosses in general were down sharply from Tuesday.

‘Rango’ Still #1 on Wednesday

on March 10, 2011 by Daniel Garris

Rango grossed $1.63 million on Wednesday to lead the daily box office for a sixth consecutive day. The computer-animated release from Paramount featuring Johnny Depp was down 20 percent from Tuesday. In general, wide releases on Wednesday were down significantly from Tuesday. Rango continues to run towards the lower end of expectations with a six-day start of $43.84 million. That places the film 22 percent behind the pace of 2008's Horton Hears a Who! Rango is expected to fall out of first place on Friday when Sony's Battle: Los Angeles enters the marketplace.

Universal's The Adjustment Bureau held steady in second with $1.28 million. After a strong Tuesday hold, the Matt Damon vehicle was down an understandable 24 percent on Wednesday. The film has grossed $25.62 million through its first five days, as it continues to perform stronger than Damon's previous post-Bourne Ultimatum vehicles. The Adjustment Bureau is currently running 44 percent ahead of the pace of last year's Green Zone and should experience a much stronger second weekend hold than that film did.

Warner's Hall Pass grossed $0.696 million to remain in third place. The R-rated comedy starring Owen Wilson was down 15 percent from Tuesday and down a very solid 34 percent from last Wednesday. The film continues to hold up well, especially on weekdays. Hall Pass has grossed $29.13 million through 13 days of release and is set to clear the $30 million mark on Friday. Hall Pass could take a bit of a hit from Battle: Los Angeles this weekend, but will have the aid of Spring Break starting next week.

Beastly was down one spot and a sharp 30 percent from Tuesday to round out Wednesday's top five. The CBS Films release starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer grossed $0.428 million for the day. Prior to Wednesday, Beastly had been holding up well for a film aimed at teens, but it clearly took a direct hit from American Idol yesterday. Beastly has grossed $11.42 million through six days, which is slightly ahead of pre-release expectations.

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