The new sheriff (voiced by Johnny Depp) woos fellow lizard Beans (Isla Fisher) in the animated hit “Rango.”
weekend box office
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters:
1. Rango $38 mill.
2. Adjustment Bureau $20.9 mill.
3. Beastly $10.1 mill.
4. Hall Pass $9 mill.
5. Gnomeo & Juliet $6.9 mill.
6. Unknown $6.6 mill.
7. The King’s Speech $6.5 mill.
8. Just Go With It $6.5 mill.
9. I Am Number Four $5.7 mill.
10. Justin Bieber $4.3 mill.
“Rango” has lassoed the top spot at the box office.
The animated film featuring Johnny Depp as the voice of a Wild West chameleon sheriff rode into town with a $38 million debut, according to studio estimates released Sunday.
“Rango,” which was directed by “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise maestro Gore Verbinski, is the first animated feature from Industrial Light and Magic, the special effects studio founded by George Lucas in 1975.
The mind-bending thriller “The Adjustment Bureau,” starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, debuted in the No. 2 spot with $20.9 million. “Beastly,” a fantasy tale with Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens opened at No. 3 with $10.1 million.
The raunchy comedy “Hall Pass” stayed committed in its second weekend, and the 3-D animated romance “Gnomeo and Juliet” kept that loving feeling going in its fourth weekend with $6.9 million in the No. 5 spot, despite an animated showdown against “Rango,” which was not released in 3-D.