BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Flies Back to the Top with $20 Million

The animated dragon film fights it's way back to the top of the charts while ‘Kick-Ass’ doesn't quite live up to it's name.
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How to Train Your Dragon takes home 20 Million for the weekend of April 16, 2010 There were big surprises at the box office this weekend as How to Train Your Dragon fought it's way back to the top spot on the charts after four weeks. The film, which stars Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig, debuted at number one four weeks ago and had fallen all the way back to the fourth spot before climbing it's way back to number three last week. The film added 182 theaters for a total of 3,825 and earned an average of $5,229 per theater for a weekend total of around $20 million. The film has now earned about $158 million in four weeks, just shy of it's $165 million production cost. Coming in second place in it's debut week was Matthew Vaughn's highly anticipated adaptation of Mark Millar's extremely popular comic book series, Kick-Ass. The film, which stars Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz earned around $6,444 in each of the 3,065 theaters that it was shown in for a total of about $19.7 million.

Last week's box office champ, Date Night, fell 31.4% and two spots back from the previous week to the number three position. The film, directed by Night at the Museum's Shawn Levy and starring Steve Carell & Tina Fey added six theaters for a total of 3,380 and earned roughly $5,188 in each for a weekend total of $17.3 million. That brings the films total gross to around $49.2 million, just shy of its $55 million purported production cost. Coming in forth place in it's debut week was the remake of the British comedy Death At A Funeral starring Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, James Marsden, Luke Wilson, Zoe Saldana and Columbus Short. The comedy was seen in 2,459 theaters and earned $6,913 per theater for an opening weekend total of around $17 million, which comes very close to earning back it's $21 million production budget. Finally, rounding out the top five this week is the 3D remake of the classic '80s Greek-mythology film Clash of the Titans starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. The film, which fell 40.8% and three spots back from the previous week was also seen in 49 less theaters but still managed to earn $4,202 in each of it's 3,753 theaters for an additional $15.7 million. That brings the films total gross to around $132 million in just three weeks, already surpassing it's $125 million purported production cost.

Doing well this week in limited release is the Argentine film, The Secret in Their Eyes, by acclaimed director Juan José Campanella and starring Ricardo Darín. The film, which was seen in only eight theaters, earned $17,600 per theater for an opening weekend total of $176,000. Also doing well this week was the Australian neo-noir thriller, The Square from filmmaking brothers with Joel and Nash Edgerton. The film rose 122.9% from its opening week and added eight new theaters for a total of ten, earning $3,810 per theater for an additional $38,100, which brings the films total gross in two weeks to about $61,700. Finally, the Imax 3D space documentary Hubble 3D continues to do well in limited release. While the film was still down 11.6% from the previous week, it still managed to earn $7,634 in each of its 41 theaters for a weekend total of $313,000, which brings the films total gross to around $3.2 million in just five weeks on the charts.

Next weekend will see three new films enter into wide release and two into limited release. First up is the adaptation of the extremely popular DC Comics/Vertigo graphic novel about a burned-CIA team, The Losers starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short and PEHNxHHQHlrtLO||Jason Patric}. Also next week, superstar Jennifer Lopez returns to the big screen week with her new romantic comedy The Back-Up Plan co-starring Alex O'Loughlin. Also hitting theaters next week is the latest nature film from Walt Disney Studios, Oceans, narrated by Pierce Brosnan. In limited release next week we have the independent film, Paper Man, starring Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Lisa Kudrow and Ryan Reynolds, as well as legendary comedians Cheech & Chong's reunion concert film, Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This. So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!

How to Train Your Dragon was released March 26th, 2010.

Kick-Ass was released April 16th, 2010.

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  • narrator • 5 years ago

    It will garnish back more money no doubt. Word of mouth will help push it along. Not like a huge bump, but it will climb up.

    HTTYD is doing mighty fine, huh?


    • indianajones • 5 years ago

      @Diaigma Indeed. Good points.


      • lilzook • 5 years ago

        damn i was thinking kik-ass would have grossed alot more..i hit Death At A Funeral right least they didnt spend much on the film


        • diaigma • 5 years ago


          Spot on.

          This is highly unexpected. Dragon is a great movie, but to reclaim #1 after Titans and the Butt-Kicked movie! WOW! I didn't see this coming. And kudos to Dragon. More superior to the others in every way! :P

          One more weekend of 15 Million, and it'll be a financial success!

          Dreamworks FOREVER! :P


          • kingbrady • 5 years ago

            The Losers looks like a decent action film but dont think its gonna be #1 i wouldnt be surprised if it is....for all we know Kick ass could get the word of mouth and get #1, but it being rated R doesnt help either


            • themime • 5 years ago

              How to train you dragon is a good movie. But kicking right back up to top-spot deserves my applause.

              Kiss...I mean Kick Ass on the other hand fell short of its preditions. How short...hoooo lets say $10.3 Million short. But hey, a way to start a Kiss...I mean, Kick-Ass weekend


              • cripple • 5 years ago

                Kick-ass was incredible.


                • zanyzap • 5 years ago

                  Glad, I could contribute to second place. Kick Ass was -I'm not gonna say it- awesome. It will definitely make the collection. ;P

                  I have not seen How To Train Your Dragon yet.


                  • vanboy • 5 years ago

                    Oh, by the way...what ever happened to Comrade. Can't say I've missed him, but it seems like he just up and disappeared. And Ottlie also for that matter. And what about Newkill2000? Strange.


                    • vanboy • 5 years ago

                      u1sart, I bet that you haven't even seen HTTYD, because all you did was put it down. Hell, I bet you haven't even seen Kick Ass either. You're just trying to sound like some bad ass, whose insecure and is putting up a front, saying "fuk HTTYD" like you wouldn't love it if you saw it. You'd enjoy HTTYD, just like the rest of us, so don't slam something, unless you know what it's all about. It was a great movie, the animation was great and the 3D was superbly done. Why the Hell do you think it's doing so well now? Word of mouth my friend. So go see it and then come back and give your two cents.

                      I haven't seen Kick Ass, but it looks entertaining as can be for the genre. Blood and gore always satisfies.


                      • avian005 • 5 years ago

                        Glad to see the only two good movies out right now in the top two spots.


                        • dark-env • 5 years ago

                          How to Train Your Dragon deserves to be doing well, it's probably my favorite movie of the year thus far. Kick-Ass was an awesome movie too, I was very surprised when I heard that it wasn't doing as well as people were hoping, cause it deserves to as well. But I'm glad HTTYD is doing better since it's disappointing opening. Hopefully both films will do well next week.


                          • SpaceCowboy • 5 years ago

                   two movies of the year at the top. Kick-Ass coming in with a little less than 20 is okay, becuase the movie was awesome and that's all that matters


                            • u1sart • 5 years ago

                              thats fuked up man!!! how come HTTYD.. beat kick azz.. thats bullish... animated or no animated.. I think Kick-Ass was an exceptional movie, really did kick-ass. FUK HTTYD..


                              • jonspidey07 • 5 years ago


                                Im very surprised


                                • forrestgump1 • 5 years ago

                                  Loved How To Train your Dragon and Kick Ass but i would have figured Kick Ass would have came out on TOP well cant wait till next week THE LOSERS! .. gonna be epic ..


                                  • indianajones • 5 years ago

                                    Kick Ass just got it's Ass Kicked.


                                    • tropicthunder217 • 5 years ago

                                      son of a bitch


                                      • vanboy • 5 years ago

                                        If you haven't seen HTTYD, go see it. It's a great animated movie. I will be buying it. No crude humor like most animated movies today. And it had a pretty good story, even if it take a hefty suspension of disbelief, to swallow the part that Vikings were a peace loving people.


                                        • fanboy • 5 years ago

                                          big surprise here. still cant wait to see Kick-Ass though


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