By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
After a pretty lackluster February for filmgoers, March got off to a solid start with two new major films—“Rango” and “The Adjustment Bureau”—hitting theaters. While neither of these have been met with a strong enough critical reception to indicate that they’ll be remembered as classics, they do look like they’ll offer some decent entertainment, and if the box office grosses are any indication, American audiences generally agree with that statement.
“Rango” took the top spot, earning $38 million over the weekend. It’s a family film, and it features the voice of Johnny Depp. There was no way it wasn’t coming in first.
In a very respectable second was “The Adjustment Bureau,” which came close to $21 million. Not bad for a sci-fi film without blockbuster appeal.
The other major new film this weekend, “Beastly,” the retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” for the “Twilight” crowd, came in third, making a little more than $10 million.
As we predicted last week, the Oscar success of “The King’s Speech” allowed the film to hold on to an impressive number seven spot. Sure, if the film was just opening, that’d be extremely disappointing, but given the fact that it has been in theaters for months now, that’s quite the feat.
Beating it were “Hall Pass,” “Gnomeo and Juliet,” and “Unknown.”