“Rango” Takes Box-Office Lead with $38 Million

A chameleon took over the North American Box Office lead this weekend as the animated film “Rango,” featuring the voice of Johnny Depp, debuted with an estimated $38 million—the biggest three-day opening of the year.

“Rango,” which tells the adventures of an unnamed chameleon that passed himself up as a sheriff of an Old West desert town inhabited by animals, is the first full-length animated film made by George Lucas’ visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic. Despite being a non-3D animation project, “Rango” was reportedly made to the tune of $135 million.

Opening in second place was the Matt Damon sci-fi romance “Adjustment Bureau,” which took $20.9 million over the weekend. The film, directed by George Nolfi, also stars Emily Blunt. Taking third place was “Beastly,” a modern take on the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” starring High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer of “I Am Number Four.” “Beastly” opened with an estimated $10.1 million, just around $7 million short of its $17-million production cost.

The Top 10 Films in North America:

1. “Rango,” $38 million.

2. “The Adjustment Bureau,” $20.9 million.

3. “Beastly,” $10.1 million

4. “Hall Pass,” $9 million.

5. “Gnomeo and Juliet,” $6.9 million.

6. “Unknown,” $6.6 million.

7. “The King’s Speech,” $6.5 million.

8. “Just Go With It,” $6.5 million.

9. “I Am Number Four,” $5.7 million.

10. “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” $4.3 million.