“How to Train Your Dragon” Knocked “Alice in Wonderland” from Box Office Top Spot
Looks like three weeks is enough time for Alice to stay at the top of Wonderland. Dragon has spotted the land, and stole it from her.
Not only it breathed a spark of fire, How to Train Your Dragon has also breathed a breeze of winning wind with a $43.3 million opening weekend and a No. 1 debut. Making it successfully sit at the top of box office.
Although the DreamWorks Animation adventure got the top spot and some pretty good figures, it came in well behind the studio’s last cartoon comedy, Monsters vs. Aliens, which opened with $59.3 million over the same weekend last year.
But with strong reviews and enthusiastic responses from viewers in exit polls, DreamWorks expects Night Fury and his friends will have more staying power in subsequent weekends. As said by the head of marketing for DreamWorks, Anne Globe, “People just love the film, so we’re really anticipating we’ll benefit from strong word of mouth going forward.”
With that, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland stepped down to second spot with $17.3 million. It raised its domestic total to $293.1 million and its worldwide haul to $656 million.
Catching up at number 3 is John Cusack’s raunchy comedy Hot Tub Time Machine which debuted with $13.7 million. Released by MGM, the movie features Cusack as part of a group of losers hurled back by a time-traveling hot tub to the 1980s, where they have a chance to set their lives right. About the movie’s revenues, head of distribution for MGM, Erik Lomis said, “It’s not great, but it’s OK. It had a lot of Internet buzz, so we thought it might come in a little bit higher.”
Here’s a complete rundown of the weekend’s top ten-grossing films Friday-Sunday, per estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
1. How to Train Your Dragon, $43.3 million
2. Alice in Wonderland, $17.3 million
3. Hot Tub Time Machine, $13.7 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. Green Zone, $3.3 million
8. Shutter Island, $3.2 million
9. Repo Men, $3 million
10. Our Family Wedding, $2.2 million
We would like to congratulate Hiccup and Toothless, breathe more fire guys!
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