How to Train Your Dragon surprises Kick-Ass at the box office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

Last weekend was one of the closest races we’ve seen at the box office in a while, with CLASH OF THE TITANS battling DATE NIGHT for the top spot.  This weekend has one of the biggest surprises as HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON somehow managed to regain the top spot after grabbing the third spot last weekend.  I guess it’s no secret, but a kids movie without competition will always have an audience.  We haven’t hit the big summer movie season yet, but I really expected KICK-ASS to do better than $19.7 million.  The other new movie of the weekend was Chris Rock’s DEATH AT A FUNERAL, which managed a fourth place finish with $17 million.  Oh, and if there’s anyone out there that still cares, AVATAR came in 12th place with another million, bringing the all time total to just over $745 million.

Next week sees the release of THE LOSERS and J-Lo’s attempt to return to relevance with THE BACK-UP PLAN.  To be fair, I don’t see either of those doing very well.  I think we’re all just waiting until IRON MAN 2 comes out on May 7th.  Even with some quality releases, I don’t expect the box office to be booming until then.

How To Train Your Dragon

1.   How to Train Your Dragon  $20,000,000

2.  Kick-Ass  $19,750,000

3.  Date Night  $17,300,000

4.  Death at a Funeral (2010)  $17,000,000

5.  Clash of the Titans (2010)  $15,770,000

6.  The Last Song  $5,800,000

7.  Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?  $4,180,000

8 . Hot Tub Time Machine  $3,545,000

9 .  Alice in Wonderland (2010)  $3,500,000

10.  The Bounty Hunter  $3,200,000

Source: Box Office Mojo

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