OK, so I got burnt the past two weekends when the Sunday estimates were rendered inaccurate by the Monday totals, but with $15 million, I think it’s fairly safe to say that How to Train Your Dragon actually did take this weekend, even if it didn’t win last weekend (as I had written then). In fact, knowing that The Back-Up Plan is only estimated to bring in $12.3 million makes me confident that I’m not going to be eating my words and talking about J.Lo’s number one movie in the country (although Dustin’s review might lure in all of those horror fans that weren’t interested in the first place).
Hanging around in third was Date Night with $10.6 million, while the latest action offering, The Losers, fizzled with a mere $9.6 million in fourth. I don’t know if Warner Bros. was ever actually going to open the film the week before The A-Team, but right about now, I bet that they’re pretty glad they didn’t. Fifth place went to last week’s eventual champ, Kick-Ass, with $9.5 million; sixth went to Clash of the Titans with $9 million; and Death at a Funeral slipped to seventh with $8 million.
Disney claimed the last three spots of the top ten, with Oceans taking in about $6 million over the weekend and $8.5 million since Earth Day (last year’s Earth opened slightly better, albeit on a few more screens; next year’s African Cats is anyone’s guess), The Last Song earning another $3.7 million in ninth and Alice in Wonderland bringing in an additional $2.2 million in tenth place. Fittingly enough, Wonderland sits as 2010’s highest-grossing film, and right behind it (well, with half the grosses)? How to Train Your Dragon.
(And in two weeks, Iron Man 2 is probably going to blow them both away. Oh, how fleeting fame is…)