'Battle Los Angeles' winning box office war

Updated: 2011-03-11 14:54


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LOS ANGELES  - "Battle Los Angeles" will win the battle of the sexes at the weekend box office in North America, likely to sell about $30 million worth of tickets to bloodthirsty young men.

The distaff "Twilight" crowd, meanwhile, will flock to "Red Riding Hood," which should open with $18 million-$20 million. Its ranking depends on the size of the fall of last weekend's champion, "Rango," which started off with $38 million.

There's also a new family offering -- Disney's performance-capture 3D toon "Mars Needs Moms." But meek interest has prepared Disney for an especially poor opening in the $8 million to $10 million range. The film cost about $140 million to make.

"Battle Los Angeles," a sci-fi war picture that cost about $70 million, stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan and Michael Pena. In its marketing campaign, Sony has trumpeted the action and special effects.

The film also opens in a handful of foreign markets, including the U.K. and Hong Kong.

"Red Riding Hood," starring Amanda Seyfried, is Catherine Hardwicke's first film since "Twilight," and Warner Bros. has relied heavily on the director's name in promoting the $40 million film.

The dark fantasy is based on the well-known fairy tale -- only in this version, the wolf is a werewolf. Gary Oldman, Billy Burke and Shiloh Fernandez also star.

"Battle Los Angeles" and "Red Riding Hood" are drawing especially bad reviews. "Mars" is faring slightly better.

On the specialty side, Focus Features opens "Jane Eyre," starring Mia Wasikowska ("Alice in Wonderland") and Michael Fassbender, in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Cary Fukunaga directed the critically acclaimed film, based on the classic novel by Charlotte Bronte.


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