Box Office: Only Dragons Are Not Losers This Weekend

How to Train Your Dragon Box Office

As predicted, it was a rather abysmal weekend at the box office. After being edged out slightly last weekend by newcomer Kick-Ass, the Dreamworks Animation pic How to Train Your Dragon returned to the top of the charts with a vengeance this weekend, slicing up both The Losers and the J-Lo led rom-com The Back-Up Plan.

For How to Train Your Dragon, a $15 million dollar take inches it closer to becoming the second $200 million dollar film of 2010, right behind the powerhouse of Alice in Wonderland. For this week’s two new releases, disappointment is abound. For Warner Bros., The Losers represents a significant misfire, coming in fourth at only $9.6 million. Even as modestly budgeted action films go, that’s not a good opening weekend. Especially for modestly budgeted action films that hit with a PG-13 rating.

Finishing in the second spot was The Back-Up Plan, which was met with a solid pounding from critics and ignorance on the part of fans who had once made Jennifer Lopez a sure bet at the box office. That’s over now, as is the run of actioner Kick-Ass, which took $9.5 million, bringing its domestic gross to $35 million. While many fans will see this as a major failure, it’s not a horrible take. Kick-Ass will likely top out at around $45-50 million domestic and $70-80 million worldwide. That will at least earn Lionsgate back its investment in the film, but it may not be enough to push through a sequel. Though time will certainly tell.

Here now are the final numbers from this weekend:

  1. How to Train Your Dragon – $15.0m
  2. The Back-Up Plan – $12.3m
  3. Date Night – $10.6m
  4. The Losers – $9.6m
  5. Kick-Ass – $9.5m
  6. Clash of the Titans (2010) – $9.0m
  7. Death at a Funeral (2010) – $8.0m
  8. Oceans – $6.0m
  9. The Last Song – $3.7m
  10. Alice in Wonderland (2010) – $2.2m

Check back with us on Thursday as The Reject Report will take a look at A Nightmare on Elm Street, Furry Vengeance and more…

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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