By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
It’s not quite blockbuster season yet, but “Battle: Los Angeles” has all the trappings of a fun summer flick. Major star, plentiful special effects, and alien invaders. It comes as no big shock that the picture took the opening spot at the box office this past weekend, bringing in $36 million.
However, it wasn’t without competition. “Rango,” which came in first last week, dropped to the number two spot, but that’s still fairly impressive, considering that it beat out another new release, “Red Riding Hood,” which was designed intentionally to draw in the “Twilight” crowd. That film came in third, bringing in a little over $14 million.
Dropping from the number two spot to the number four was the sci-fi thriller “The Adjustment Bureau; looks like the involvement of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt wasn’t enough to counter the lukewarm reception the film got from critics.
The biggest disappointment this weekend came for “Mars Needs Moms,” which opened up in fifth place and made a measly $6.8 million, a tiny fraction of its budget. Can’t say we’re too surprised with that outcome, though. The trailers indicated that this film was some sort of failed experiment that had very little appeal to any audiences. This was the kind of movie that clueless parents took their kids to this weekend, because they’d already seen “Gnomeo and Juliet.”