‘Limitless’ tops box office

Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the special screening of 'Limitless' presented by Relativity Media held at ArcLight Cinemas on March 3, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Actor Bradley Cooper arrives at the special screening of 'Limitless' presented by Relativity Media held at ArcLight Cinemas on March 3, 2011 in Hollywood, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Relativity

What if you could take a pill to make yourself rich and powerful? It works well as a movie plot.

What would you do if you had unlimited brain powers? The question apparently intrigued movie goers. "Limitless," the sci-fi thriller based on that premise, tops the box office.

Bradley Cooper stars as a struggling writer who pops a magic pill and is suddenly making millions and wowing everyone he meets. Robert De Niro stars as well.

Still, ticket sales were rather limited – capped at about $19 million.

There was a crowded field of new releases and movie choices. The animated western "Rango" took the number two spot – and last week’s number one movie, "Battle: Los Angeles" slipped to three.

Matthew McConaughey stars in “The Lincoln Lawyer" as a sleazy defense attorney on a high-profile case. It opened fourth with an estimated $13.4 million.

In fifth place is “Paul," with Seth Rogen providing the voice of a pot-smoking, wise-cracking alien who befriends a couple of British sci-fi geeks.

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