HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON burns up the competition at the weekend box office

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
April 25th, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon

Last week early estimates had HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON barely beating KICK-ASS for the top spot, but the final numbers showed KICK-ASS won with an OK opening weekend (when you balance the hype the film received against its budget).Well, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is back, and is now being reported at the top spot; but I don't think that will be changing this time when the final results come in since HTTYD's take is estimated at $15 million for the weekend.

In second place is THE BACK-UP PLAN, a rom-com starring Jennifer Lopez, which took in $12,250,000 million. This margin means that it is safe to count on HTTYD finishing at the top of the box office in its fifth week of release (even though this would be only the second time it won the weekend).

DATE NIGHT continued to do pretty well with $10.6 million. The comedy starring Tina Fey and Steve Carrel came in the same place it did last week (third), and has made $63,471,000 so far at the domestic box office. THE LOSERS starring Idris Elba, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Evans didn't have an explosive weekend though. Although THE LOSERS had cool commercials and pretty recognizable names, it's coming in fourth with $9.6 million in its opening weekend, right behind a film in its third weekend (DATE NIGHT). But hey, it only had a budget of $25 million ($10 million less than THE BACK-UP PLAN, yes that is a stunning fact) so it could still make a decent profit overall.

And fifth place is where you find last week's champion, KICK-ASS at $9.5 million. KICK-ASS has now made a little over $34.8 million, so it's doing all right. Again it's not making what its hype probably made many think it would, but it has gone past its budget of $30 million in its second week.

THE CLASH OF THE TITANS remake came in 6th place with $9 million ($145.6 million total) and THE DEATH AT A FUNERAL remake took 7th with $8 million ($28.4 total). And yes we are looking at a moderately interesting connection as the two remakes finish next to each other.

Disneynature's documentary OCEANS (which had a budget of $80 million), made $6 million in its first weekend. THE LAST SONG starring Miley Cyrus came in 9th at $3.7 million, and ALICE IN WONDERLAND stays in the top ten making $2.2 million in its eighth weekend.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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