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:
- How to Train Your Dragon – $15.0m
- The Back-Up Plan – $12.3m
- Date Night – $10.6m
- The Losers – $9.6m
- Kick-Ass – $9.5m
- Clash of the Titans (2010) – $9.0m
- Death at a Funeral (2010) – $8.0m
- Oceans – $6.0m
- The Last Song – $3.7m
- 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…