WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
1) How to Train Your Dragon $43.3 million
2) Alice in Wonderland - $17.3 million
3) Hot Tub Time Machine - $13.6 million
4) The Bounty Hunter - $12.4 million
5) Diary of a Wimpy Kid - $10 million
6) She's Out Of My League - $3.5 million
7) The Green Zone - $3.3 million
8) Shutter Island - $3.1 million
9) Repo Men - $3.0 million
10) Our Family Wedding - $2.2 million
Dragons were all the rage this weekend at the box office as DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon took the number one spot in its opening weekend. The film, which is a re-imagining of the "Vikings vs. Dragons" legend and stars the voices of Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig burned the box office up by earning $43.3 million in its opening weekend. The movie opened in 4,055 theaters and made roughly $10,678 per screen however they'll have to keep that up for a few more weeks if they want to earn back their original production cost investment of $165 million. Tim Burton's highly anticipated re-imagining of the Walt Disney classic Alice in Wonderland starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Michael Sheen, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Christopher Lee, Stephen Fry and Crispin Glover, continues to do well at the box office slipping only one place to second in its forth week. The film, which dropped 49.4% from the previous week and was seen on 355 less screens still managed to make $5,112 in each of its 3,384 theaters earning another $17.3 million over the weekend and bringing its total earnings to a whopping $293.1 million in just four weeks.
Also doing well in its opening weekend was John Cusack's time traveling homage to the '80s, Hot Tub Time Machine, co-staring Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Crispin Glover and Chevy Chase. The movie, which opened in 2,754 theaters made $4,956 per theater earning a decent $13.6 million in its opening weekend, well on its way to making back its $36 million production cost. Despite dropping nearly 40% from the previous week the Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler action/comedy film, The Bounty Hunter, managed to make $4,034 in each of the 3,074 theaters it was shown in earning another $12.4 million over the weekend. That brings its total gross to $38.8 million in only two weeks, just shy of its $40 million budget. Finally, rounding out the top five this week was the children's film Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which made an additional $10 million in its second week. The film dropped over 50% from the previous week but was able to add 6 theaters bringing the total amount of theaters the film played on to 3,083 and earning nearly $3,244 per theater. The film has now grossed around $35.7 million in just two weeks exceeding its purported $15 million production cost.
Doing really well this week in limited release is the Imax 3D space documentary Hubble 3D. The film, which was seen in only 39 theaters made nearly $9,615 per theater making another $375,000 and bringing its total earnings to around $1 million in just two weeks. Also doing well in limited release is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the Swedish film based on the internationally popular books. The movie, which was seen in 44 theaters earned $8,000 per screen for an additional $352,00 in its second week bringing its total gross to around $840,000. Finally, doing equally well in its opening weekend was the documentary film, Waking Sleeping Beauty about the fall and rise of Disney animation in the '80s and '90s and how Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg saved the studio. The movie was only seen in five theaters but managed to earn $6,620 per screen for an opening weekend total of $33,100.
Next weekend will see only three new films enter into wide release and one into limited release. Starting things off is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, Louis Leterrier's re-imagining of the classic '80s mythology film Clash of the Titans starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. Also, next week, actress/singer Miley Cyrus makes her dramatic film debut with the coming of age movie, The Last Song based on the forthcoming novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook). Finally, in wide release we have Why Did I Get Married Too? the sequel to the popular Tyler Perry film co-starring Janet Jackson and Jill Scott. In limited release next week is The Greatest starring Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and recent Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan in a drama about a family dealing with the sudden death of their son and the introduction of his pregnant girlfriend. So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week.