battle los angeles 1 'Battle: Los Angeles' dominates box office, 'Red Riding Hood' opens soft“Battle: Los Angeles” destroyed its box-office rivals in pretty much the same way the movie’s aliens decimated L.A., winning the weekend of March 11-13 by a huge margin.

The Sony Pictures release made an estimated $36 million in its opening weekend, continuing the dominance it established on Friday. Sony says the movie only cost about $70 million to make, so the studio should be well on its way to making its money back.

The weekend’s other big release, “Red Riding Hood,” didn’t fare as well. It made an estimated $14.1 million at the box office, well below forecasts that had it in the $18 million-$20 million range. It ended up in third place for the weekend behind “Rango,” which made a little over $23 million in its second weekend and showed good staying power, dropping only 39 percent from last weekend. “The Adjustment Bureau” came in fourth with $11.5 million.

Disney’s “Mars Needs Moms,” meanwhile, is headed to epic-flop territory. The animated movie, which cost a reported $150 million to make, took in only $6.8 million over the weekend. It’s one of Disney’s weakest openings for a wide release in years.

Among the weekend’s limited releases, the newest version of “Jane Eyre” fared the best, earning $182,000 on just four screens for an average of better than $45,000 per screen.

The weekend’s top 10 movies:

1. “Battle: Los Angeles,” $36 million
2. “Rango,” $23.05 million
3. “Red Riding Hood,” $14.1 million
4. “The Adjustment Bureau,” $11.5 million
5. “Mars Needs Moms,” $6.8 million
6. “Hall Pass,” $5.11 million
7. “Beastly,” $5.09 million
8. “Just Go With It,” $4 million
9. “The King’s Speech,” $3.6 million
10. “Gnomeo and Juliet,” $3.55 million

Posted by:Rick Porter