Well, when I said 3-D would fall from the top of the box office I once again spoke too soon. How to Train Your Dragon has apparently won what proved to be yet another weekend photo-finish at the box office, edging out Kick-Ass by an estimated $250,000 with a haul of $20 million.

I’m surprised because I expected Kick-Ass to do a lot better and perhaps attract more superhero fans. Maybe this is a sign of trouble — maybe people are getting tired of seeing superheroes at the box office. I know it was a different style of movie, being satirical and all, but it seemed to get good reviews. Maybe it just appealed to too niche an audience.

Anyway, it was made on a low budget of under $30 million, so it ought to be able to get its money back. Kick-Ass did decent business, but people expected bigger things. I suppose the real story is how well How to Train Your Dragon continues to do week after week. It’s downright rare for a movie to fall from first place and then regain it, or at least come close to regaining it, in the fourth weekend out. The movie has now made a domestic total of $158,618,000.

We’ll see if these results hold up on Monday. Don’t you hate these photo finishes, though? This is two weekends in a row now. It makes it hard to write a column when you don’t know for sure who won or lost. In any event, even if Kick-Ass does manage to eke out the weekend victory, it won’t be a spectacular win, that is for sure.

As for the other new wide release Death at a Funeral, it finished not far off the pace at $17 million.

There isn’t a lot more for me to add to what turned out to be a fairly modest April weekend at the theaters:

  1. How to Train Your Dragon – $20,000,000
  2. Kick-Ass – $19,750,000
  3. Date Night – $17,300,000
  4. Death at a Funeral (2010) – $17,000,000
  5. Clash of the Titans (2010) – $15,770,000
  6. The Last Song – $5,800,000
  7. Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? – $4,180,000
  8. Hot Tub Time Machine – $3,545,000
  9. Alice in Wonderland (2010) – $3,500,000
  10. The Bounty Hunter – $3,200,000

That is all for now! Come back again later this week for another edition of the Reject Report!


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