DreamWorks’ Dragon is Back on Top!

The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

It was a deathly slow weekend at the box office showing the lowest cumulative gross for the Top 10 this year. After settling for second place in a heated battle for the top spot last weekend, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon indeed reclaimed #1 for the first time since it opened a month ago, with an estimated $15 million and bringing its total to $178 million after five weeks in theaters. Internationally, “Dragon” took third place with $11 million. The film has earned $194 million overseas and $372 million worldwide.

Opening in second place was Jennifer Lopez’s latest romantic comedy vehicle The Back-up Plan (CBS Films) with $12.2 million in 3,280 theaters. It had a better showing for the fledgling distributor than their previous offering, the drama Extraordinary Measures, but it wasn’t great for Lopez who normally would be a bigger draw in this sort of movie. The reported budget for the movie was $35 million and it could end up with roughly that amount by the time it leaves theaters.

Remaining in third place was the Tina Fey-Steve Carell comedy Date Night (20th Century Fox), which took in another $10.6 million, having amassed $63.5 million in three weeks.

Sylvain White’s The Losers (Warner Bros.), based on the Vertigo Comics series with a cast including Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Columbus Short and Zoë Saldaña, had a disappointing opening in fourth place with a meager $9.6 million in 2,936 theaters.

The other comic book movie, Matthew Vaughn’s dark comedy Kick-Ass (Lionsgate) took a massive plunge from first to fifth place with roughly $9.5 million, down 52% from its own disappointing opening weekend, with $34.9 million grossed in ten days.

Sixth and seventh place went to Louis Letterier’s remake of Clash of the Titans (Warner Bros.) with $9 million and $145 million total, and Chris Rock’s ensemble comedy Death at a Funeral (Screen Gems/Sony) with $8 million and $28.4 million so far. Overseas, “Clash” again topped the box office with $32 million, pushing its foreign total to $240.4 million and worldwide total to $385.4 million.

Rounding out a month as the No. 1 title on the foreign theatrical circuit, “Clash of the Titans” claimed an estimated $32 million from 10,075 screens in 60 markets on the weekend, raising its overseas boxoffice total to $240.4 million.

After making $2.5 million on Thursday’s Earth Day holiday, the Disneynature film Oceans (Walt Disney) brought in an additional $6 million over the weekend for eighth place.

The Miley Cyrus drama The Last Song (Disney/Touchstone) took ninth place with $3.7 million and $55.4 million total, and then Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland closed off the Top 10 with $2.2 million and $327.5 million domestically since opening in early March. Internationally, “Alice” earned another $26.7 million in second place to bring its overseas total to an impressive $548.5 million and worldwide total to $876 million.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.


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