Moviegoers Swallow "Limitless" Pill! Bradley Cooper Thriller Tops Box-Office! 


"Limitless" took the top spot at the box-office this past weekend. The Relativity Media sci-fi thriller starring Bradley Cooper debuted at No. 1 with $19 million. ("Limitless" review)

Co-starring Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish, "Limitless" is a fun, intriguing film from director Neil Burger. It asks the question -- if there's a drug that can tap into your maximum brain potential, will you take it?

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Battle: Los Angeles," dropped to No. 3 with $14.6 million. So far, the Sony Pictures alien invasion movie has made $60.6 million at the box-office.

Coming in at No. 2 was the Johnny Depp/Gore Verbinski animation collaboration "Rango." The Paramount flick made $15.3 million with a $92.6 million box-office total. ("Rango" movie review)

The other two new releases duked it out for the fourth and fifth place. "The Lincoln Lawyer" featuring Matthew McConaughey entered at No. 4 with $13.4 million, while "Paul" starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and the voice of Seth Rogen as a wisecracking, pot-smoking alien debuted at No. 5 with $13.2 million. ("Paul" movie review)

The bad news of the box-office weekend continued to belong to Walt Disney Pictures. Their 3-D motion-capture adventure, "Mars Needs Moms" made $5.3 million for a grand total of $15.4 million since its release. That's way off from its reported $150 million budget!

And the good news of the box-office weekend belonged to Focus Features' "Jane Eyre." In a very limited release, the Cary Fukunaga movie starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, and Judi Dench received a per-screen average of $18,377 and a domestic total of $730,901. Focus will continue to roll "Jane Eyre" into other markets by next week. ("Jane Eyre" interviews with Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, and director Cary Fukunaga)

Here's the list of the Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of March 18:

1. "Limitless," $19 million.

2. "Rango," $15.3 million.

3. "Battle: Los Angeles," $14.6 million.

4. "The Lincoln Lawyer," $13.4 million.

5. "Paul," $13.2 million

6. "Red Riding Hood," $7.3 million.

7. "The Adjustment Bureau," $5.9 million

8. "Mars Needs Moms!" $5.3 million.

9. "Beastly," $3.3 million.

10. "Hall Pass," $2.6 million.

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