Grabbing the top spot at the box office this past weekend was Rango, which earned $38 million in its first week of release. Second place went to new release The Adjustment Bureau, a sci-fi romantic thriller dealing with themes of predestination and free will, which earned $20.9 million. For those who don’t find such a mixture appealing, there was Beastly, a modern-day retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in New York and starring High School Musical‘s Vanessa Hudgeons and I Am Number Four‘s Alex Pettyfer. It’s opening weekend gross of $10.1 million was enough to get it to third place. Rounding out the top five were Hall Pass (weekend gross $9 million, total gross $27 million) and Gnomeo and Juliet (weekend gross $6.9 million, total gross $83.6 million).
Also out in wide release was the ’80s nostalgia fest Take Me Home Tonight, which earned $3.5 million. Limited releases included Happythankyoumoreplease ($30,000), Bereavement ($24,400), Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives ($23,600) and Under the Boardwark: The Monopoly Story ($5,043).
Next weekend sees the release of Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, so everyone who was worried that they wouldn’t have a new edgy, modern take on a fairy tale to see on screen (after all, it’s been mere days since Beastly was released) can rest easy. Also out in wide release will be Battle: Los Angeles and Mars Needs Moms, while Certified Copy, Elektra Luxx, Black Death. The Desert of Forbidden Art, Kill the Irishman, Jane Eyre, Making the Boys and Monogamy will all be out in limited release.