Any concerns that moviegoers would be too overwhelmed by today's Tsunami coverage to watch a disaster movie such as "Battle: Los Angeles" were completely unfounded. The Sony Pictures genre flick grossed an impressive $13.5 million on Friday for what could be a $36-40 million weekend. That was more than enough to take down last weekend's champ "Rango."
The critically acclaimed animated hit found another $5.4 million on Friday for what should be an $18-20 million three-day gross. The Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp reunion flick has now made $51.1 million in just eight days.
Not far behind on Friday, but expected to drop to third for the weekend was "Red Riding Hood." Catherine Hardwicke's "Twilight" follow up ground just $5 million for what optimistically could be a $16 million three-day gross. That's under pre-release polling which anticipated a $20 million debut. Chances are the teenage girls who planned on seeing "Riding Hood" opted to attend "Battle: LA" with their boyfriends.
"The Adjustment Bureau" came in fourth with $3.4 million and $30.4 million since it debuted last weekend. The Matt Damon and Emily Blunt thriller should eventually finish with between $60-70 million domestically.
Cracking the top five, but a huge financial disappointment for Walt Disney Studios was "Mars Needs Moms." The last Imagemovers digital film made just $1.8 million for what would be a $6-7 million three-day at best. That's close to a disaster for the studio considering the film's $150 million price tag.
Look for final weekend estimates tomorrow on HitFix.
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