How To Train Your Dragon

The weekend box office estimates are in, and we have some good news and some bad news:

  • The bad news: Word of mouth did not help Lionsgate’s Kick-Ass, the comic book adaptation dropped an estimated 52% in its second weekend at theaters. In fact, it will place #5 on the Box office results listing this weekend with only $9.5 million in 3,065 theaters.
  • The good news: The word of mouth buzz on How To Train Your Dragon continues to draw more and more people to the theater. In its fifth weekend of release, the film took over the #1 spot with an estimated $15 million, overtaking new releases like The Back-Up Plan ($12.25 million), The Losers ($.6 million) and Disney’s Oceans ($6 million).

In limited releases, one of my favorite films of the year thus far, Exit Through The Gift Shop, packed $13,545 per screen, for a total of $149,000 — not bad for a movie playing in only 11 theaters. To give you a comparison, Kick-Ass made $3,100 per screen this week — but yes, A LOT more screens.

Below you will find the top 10 results thanks to Box Office Mojo:

StudioWeekend Gross% ChangeTheater Count / ChangeAverageTotal GrossBudget*Week #
12How to Train Your DragonP/DW$15,025,000-23.5%3,665-160$4,100$178,021,000$1655
2NThe Back-Up PlanCBS$12,250,0003,280$3,735$12,250,000$351
33Date NightFox$10,600,000-36.6%3,294-86$3,218$63,471,000$553
4NThe LosersWB$9,605,0002,936$3,271$9,605,000$251
65Clash of the Titans (2010)WB$9,000,000-41.5%3,271-482$2,751$145,639,000$1254
74Death at a Funeral (2010)SGem$8,000,000-50.7%2,459$3,253$28,449,000$212
96The Last SongBV$3,700,000-37.9%2,794+27$1,324$55,398,000$204
108Alice in Wonderland (2010)BV$2,200,000-39.8%1,385-639$1,588$327,473,000$2008
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