Depp's Rango tops US box office
Rango has lassoed the top spot at the US box office.
The animated Paramount film featuring Johnny Depp as the voice of a Wild West chameleon sheriff rode into town with a 38 million dollar debut, according to studio estimates.
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 draw for audiences was certainly Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski, but when you look at the reviews, it was 88 per cent positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which is a level that Pixar operates at," said Don Harris, Paramount's executive vice president for distribution. "This is a film that has a shot at being nominated for Academy Awards this time next year."
Universal's mind-bending thriller The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, debuted in the number two spot taking 20.9 million dollars. CBS Films' fantasy tale Beastly with Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens opened at number three with 10.1 million, rounding out the weekend's top three films.
It was another down weekend for Hollywood, with grosses coming in less than the corresponding weekend last year.
The raunchy Warner Bros comedy Hall Pass stayed committed in its second weekend in the number four position with 9 million dollars.
The 3D animated Walt Disney romance Gnomeo And Juliet also kept that loving feeling going in its fourth weekend taking 6.9 million dollars in the number five spot, despite an animated showdown against Rango, which was not released in 3D.