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CHICAGO — There was no stopping “Limitless” at the box office.
The sci-fi thriller opened at No. 1 this weekend with $19 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The film from Relativity Media stars Bradley Cooper as a struggling writer who takes a magical pill that allows him to tap into his maximum brain potential. Suddenly he’s cleaned up, making millions and wowing everyone he meets. Robert De Niro co-stars as a financial guru who’s fascinated by him, with Abbie Cornish as Cooper’s skeptical girlfriend.
“Limitless” broke out of a crowded pack of new releases and holdovers to take the top spot.
Last week’s No. 1, the alien invasion movie “Battle: Los Angeles,” fell to third place with $14.6 million. The Sony Pictures release has now made an estimated $60.6 million in two weeks. Coming in second was the animated Western “Rango,” featuring the voice of Johnny Depp as a chameleon who’s stuck in the desert. The Paramount film made $15.3 million for a three-week total of nearly $92.6 million.
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