(AFP) – Mar 14, 2011
LOS ANGELES — "Battle: Los Angeles" emerged victorious at the box office this weekend with an impressive $35.6 million take across North America, data showed Monday.
The film about a Marine unit's fight against invading aliens generated strong interest among men, as well as with a sizable minority audience thanks to its multi-ethnic cast, which includes Latina actress Michelle Rodriguez and African-American R&B singer Ne-Yo.
Knocked from the top perch to second place was Paramount's eccentric cartoon "Rango" an animated tale about a chameleon who becomes sheriff to clean up the town of Dirt, which had $22.6 million in ticket sales.
Third place went to the debut of "Red Riding Hood," a gothic retelling of the classic fairy tale, starring Amanda Seyfried as a strong-willed teenager in a love triangle.
The film, which earned $14 million, meant to appeal to the teen girl audience, is the first from director Catherine Hardwicke since her 2008 megahit "Twilight."
In fourth place was "The Adjustment Bureau" with $11.6 million in takings.
Disney's "Mars Needs Moms!" debuted in fifth place this weekend with $6.9 million in estimated sales.
In sixth place came "Beastly" with $5 million, a whisker ahead of "Hall Pass," followed by "Just Go With It" with $4 million and "Gnomeo and Juliet" with just over $3.6 million.
Rounding out the top 10 was Oscar-winner "The King's Speech," which made a little under $3.6 million in its 16th week in north American theaters, for a total take of $129 million.
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