'Dragon' Outduels 'Kick-Ass' at Box Office

If only Kick-Ass had been in 3-D maybe we would have had a different outcome. But instead, the DreamWorks Animated 3-D flick How to Train Your Dragon squeezed out a surprise come-from-behind first-place finish with an estimated $20 million take in its fourth weekend in release. Falling only 20 percent, Dragon's total now stands at $158.6 million; a dearth of competing kids' movies has been beneficial to the well-reviewed Viking flick. Lionsgate's Kick-Ass grossed an estimated $19.75 million for a second place spot. In 3,065 theaters, Kick-Ass averaged $6,445, not a bad debut for a film that only cost $28 million to make, but not reaching the high expectations for the film, which has been gathering buzz among the fan boys for the last month. In fact, the movie only generated a B from Cinemascore, suggesting that some audiences aren't quite getting director Matthew Vaughn's irreverent take on the superhero genre. The R rating may have also depressed the film's box office, keeping its core fan base of teen boys out of the ticket lines.


Third place belonged to holdover Date Night, which grossed $17.3 million, or only a 31 percent drop -- quite strong for a comedy that generated middling reviews when it opened last weekend. The PG-13 rated flick from director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) has now grossed close to $50 million after ten days of release. Chris Rock's R-rated comedy Death at a Funeral (2010) grossed an estimated $16.4 million. The remake of the 2007 British film of the same name bowed to strong reviews, and a B+ Cinemascore, so perhaps it will hold strong in coming weeks. From director Neil LaBute, Death only cost $21 million to make and generated the highest per-screen average in the top ten with $6,913. Spot five went to Clash of the Titans, which grossed an additional $15.7 million. The movie fell 41 percent in its third week of release, and its gross now stands at $133 million.


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