"How To Train Your Dragon" No. 1 at box office with fantastic staying power

08:36, April 26, 2010      

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The dragon cartoon "How To Train Your Dragon" won back top billing of the box office over the weekend, garnering 15 million U.S. dollars in ticket receipts, the North America box office authority said on Sunday.

The 3-D animated adventure from Paramount showed amazing staying power, as it has been in release for five weeks. It rose to the No. 1 position when it debuted and then dropped to the lower notches. It is predicted to take in a total of 178 million U. S. dollars, according to the authority.

Debuting at No. 2 is "The Back-up Plan," a CBS Films' romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin. A drama centered on a woman who conceives twins through artificial insemination, only to meet the man of her dreams on the very same day, it is expected to fetch 12.3 million U.S. dollars.

"Date Night," Fox's comedy starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey, was estimated to be in third place, taking in 10.6 million U.S. dollars this weekend for a total of 63.5 million U.S. dollars over three weeks.

Another newcomer of the weekend is DC Entertainment's action/ adventure flick "The Losers," opening at No. 4 with 9.6 million U. S. dollars. An adaptation of a comic book series published by the Vertigo, the flick tells the story of a group of military experts who were believed to be dead put together a plan to find and kill the mysterious "Max" who gave the orders to kill them.

"Kick-Ass" dropped from first last weekend to fifth in its second frame, with 9.5 million U.S. dollars over the weekend. The R-rated superhero action adaptation has made 34.5 million U.S. dollars in just ten days.

The documentary "Oceans" by Disneynature, the studio that presented the record-breaking film "Earth," opened at No. 8 with 6 million U.S. dollars.

Source: Xinhua


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