Aliens strike again in this latest invasion flick, Battle: Los Angeles, the number 1 of last weekend. Among alien movies Battle: Los Angeles opened softer than District 9 ($37.3 million), Independence Day ($50.2 million) and War of the Worlds ($64.8 million) to name just a few. So in other words this one got the short end of the stick and probably for good reasons, more after the break.
Battle: Los Angeles grossed $35.5 million over the weekend, about as much as was expected of it. Now Sony says this only cost $70 million, I haven’t seen it yet so I won’t judge yet but I’ve heard some conflicting reports. If $70 million is the real budget then Sony should be really happy because this will make them some green ones.
In 2nd place was Rango with $22.6 million for a new total of $70.5 million in 11 days. The quirky and highly rated (89% on Rotten Tomatoes) western animated flick is doing well but I was hoping for a softer drop, 40.6% is not bad but it could have been a lot better. Rango cost $135 million so covering that won’t be easy, it will need better holds over the upcoming weekends.
Red Riding Hood was 3rd with a soft (but not as soft as I was expecting) $14 million. Obviously nowhere near Twilight (money wise) even if it offered similar ingredients, Red Riding Hood is pretty much a miss for Warner.
The Adjustment Bureau finished 4th with $11.6 million for a total of $39.6 million in 11 days. This flick starring General Zod (Terence Stamp) among others, cost $60 million to make and should finish the North American run at the box office with about $65-70 million.
The ultimate bomb of the week (and probably year) was Mars Needs Moms in 5th place, a movie I actually overestimated (while thinking I was going to underestimate it), grossing only $6.9 million on a budget of $150 million. Disney movies usually don’t bomb but this is just something to behold. Imagine people, this has the higher 3D tickets (Rango doesn’t have 3D), big production budget and probably a similarly big marketing budget and all you get in exchange is a tiny $6.9 million from 3117 theaters. This is going to be up there with the all time biggest bombs, no doubt.