“Battle: Los Angeles” Wins Box-Office War

Battle: Los Angeles” opened with an estimated $36 million and completely dominated its competitors to easily top the weekend box office in North America.

The sci-fi film, released by Sony, is inspired by the World War II aerial barrage conducted by the United States in The Battle of Los Angeles, which was called by then Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox as a “false alarm.” The movie, which tells of a platoon of U.S. Marines battling alien invaders, performed way better than the week’s other new major releases, “Red Riding Hood” and “Mars Needs Moms,” which were both released by Warner Bros.

“Red Riding Hood,” a dark retelling of the classic fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” featuring Amanda Seyfried in the title role,” managed only $14.1 million to open in third spot behind last week’s box-office champion “Rango,” which pushed its total domestic gross to $68.6 million with $23 million this week. “Mars Needs Moms” fared even worse than “Red Riding Hood” as the $150-million animated flick could muster only $6.8 million.

The top 10 movies in North America this weekend:

1 Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) $36.0M $36.0M

2 Rango (PG) $23.0M $68.6M

3 Red Riding Hood (PG-13) $14.1M $14.1M

4 The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13) $11.5M $38.5M

5 Mars Needs Moms (PG) $6.8M $6.8M

6 Hall Pass (R) $5.1M $34.9M

7 Beastly (PG-13) $5.1M $16.98M

8 Just Go WIth It (PG-13) $4.0M $93.98M

9 The King’s Speech (R) $3.6M $129.1M

10 Gnomeo and Juliet (G) $3.5M $89.0M