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Battle: Los Angeles tops US box office

Battle: Los Angeles

Story by Jack Foley

ALIEN invasion flick Battle: Los Angeles has topped the US box office with a strong $36 million opening – well ahead of its closest rivals, Disney’s Mars Needs Moms and Warner Bros Red Riding Hood.

As anticipated, Battle: LA’s strongest demographic was older males, who bought into the film’s machismo, but Jonathan Liebesman’s film, starring Aaron Eckhart, still performed ahead of expectation.

In contrast, neither Red Riding Hood nor Mars Needs Moms performed well.

Disney’s latest animated offering could only take $6.8 million, despite production costs of $150 million, to lay claim to being one of the studio’s lowest openings in recent memory.

And Red Riding Hood didn’t tap into younger female audiences as anticipated, opening to an estimated $14.1 million, which was well behind expectations for the Catherine Hardwicke directed movie.

Instead of opting for new releases, audiences opted to stay with holdover titles if they didn’t see Battle: LA.

Johnny Depp voiced animated movie Rango comfortably beat both Red Riding Hood and Mars to take second spot with $23.1 million, while The Adjustment Bureau continued to perform well, taking $11.5 million for fourth spot behind Red Riding Hood.

Mars Needs Moms came fifth.

Overseas, Battle: Los Angeles also performed well, grossing an estimated $16.7 million for a world-wide bow of $52.7 million.

Read our review of Battle: LA

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