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Rango shoots to top of US box office

Rango
Image caption Johnny Depp voices a pet chameleon who is made sheriff of a Nevada desert town

Animated cowboy comedy Rango has shot to the top of the North American box office taking $38m (£23.4m) in its first weekend, according to estimates.

It tells the tale of a pet chameleon, voiced by Johnny Depp, who becomes an accidental hero when he is stranded in the Nevada desert.

The Adjustment Bureau, a thriller starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, opened at two with $20.9m (£12.9m).

Beastly, starring Vanessa Hudgens, debuted at three with $10.1m (£6.2m).

Rango also features the voices of actors including Britons Bill Nighy, Alfred Molina and Ray Winstone.

Raunchy comedy Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson, stayed at number four, taking $9m (£5.5m), while animation Gnomeo and Juliet was fifth, taking $6.9m (£4.2m).

The King's Speech, crowned best film at this year's Oscars, stayed in seventh place, taking $6.5m (£4m).

Continuing this year's pattern, box office takings were down on the same weekend last year.

But Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for box office tracker Hollywood.com, said comparisons with a year ago were "tough considering that's when Alice in Wonderland opened", with $116.1m (£71.2m).

"We're not even in that realm this year, so this is our second down weekend in a row," he said.

"We've only had one up weekend at the box office versus a year ago - there's this malaise overtaking the marketplace."

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