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Bradley Cooper's Limitless tops US box office

Limitless

Story by Jack Foley

BRADLEY Cooper has confirmed his leap to A-list status by topping the US box office with Limitless, his first genuinely star vehicle.

The high concept, genre-defying thriller outperformed early expectations and a clutch of new releases to score $19 million.

Cooper’s rise to A-list status was started by R-rated comedy The Hangover, while he was also part of last year’s summer blockbuster The A-Team.

But Limitless – based on the novel The Dark Fields – was the first time the actor has been asked to carry a movie based on his own box office potential. And he scored a massive hit.

Less successful, however, were Matthew McConaughey’s legal thriller The Lincoln Lawyer and Simon Pegg-Nick Frost sci-fi comedy Paul, which grossed $13.4 million and $13.2 million respectively.

While healthy, the figures weren’t enough to beat holdover titles Rango and Battle: Los Angeles.

Animated sleeper hit Rango instead held onto the No.2 spot with an estimated $15.3 million in its third weekend, which alien invasion flick Battle: LA took an estimated $14.6 million to land third.

Paul and Lincoln Lawyer were in a dead heat, so it’s not yet known which of the two will place fourth and fifth. That will be decided on Monday when final numbers are calculated.

Two other holdover titles that had been hoping for stronger second week returns were Red Riding Hood and Mars Needs Moms.

The former, though, took an estimated $7.3 million to slip to sixth, while Disney’s ill-fated Mars Needs Mom continued to struggle, grossing an estimated $5.3 million in its second weekend for a total so far of $15.4 million. It cost a reported $150 million to make.

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