Battle: Los Angeles takes top spot on opening

MUMBAI: Sony‘s sci-fi action film Battle: Los Angeles took the top spot at the domestic box-office with a strong $36 million opening. Battle also made a major play overseas, grossing $16.7 million from 33 territories for a worldwide bow of $52.7 million.

Battle, that cost $70 million to produce after tax incentives, is Sony‘s fourth film in a row to open at No. 1 domestically after Green Hornet, The Roommate and Just Go With It.

On the contrary, I wasn‘t a good week for Warner Bros. Red Riding Hood and Disney‘s Mars Needs Moms. Paramount Pictures‘ Rango trounced both Mars and Red Riding Hood in its second weekend, falling only 39 per cent to an estimated $23.1 million.

Between Battle and Rango, the domestic box-office showed some signs of recovery. Revenues came down only by 10 per cent from a year ago period.

The news was particularly bad for Disney financially, since Mars managed to gross $6.8 million on its debut. On the other hand, Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried opened to an estimated $14.1 million, well behind expectations.

Red Riding Hood came in No. 3, followed by Universal holdover The Adjustment Bureau, which fell a respectable 46% in its second weekend to an estimated $11.5 million for a cume of $38.5 million, according to Rentrak.

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