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And a Dragon Swooped In

By William Goss | Box Office Round-Ups | April 18, 2010 |

By William Goss | Box Office Round-Ups | April 18, 2010 |

As I mentioned in last week’s comments section, the Sunday estimates were tripped up by the Monday tallies, which saw the 3-D-inflated grosses for Clash of the Titans squeeze past Date Night’s apparent number one ranking. I bring this up now because How to Train Your Dragon has seemingly taken back the top spot from three weeks’ worth of new contenders, but is estimated to have brought in $20 million over newcomer Kick-Ass’ $19.75 million.

Now, these numbers will probably hold because family films traditionally take an upswing on Saturday and Sunday, whereas the young audience that Kick-Ass was targeting already turned out on Friday and Saturday nights (and even Thursday, in this case). Dustin joked on the Twitters that The Last Song could see a considerable bump from kids buying tickets for that and trying to sneak into Kick-Ass, but something tells me that Dragon was more than likely the beneficiary in that scenario (even if barely so).

In third place was last week’s number-one-in-our-hearts, Date Night, with $17.3 million, although it too could be tripped up by the $17 million that this week’s Death at a Funeral remake was estimated to have brought in. I’m kind of surprised that it didn’t earn more — I was all like, “KA-CHING!”, and America was all like, “MEH!” Right behind in fifth was Titans with $15.7 million, in sixth was The Last Song ($5.8 million), in seventh was Tyler Perry’s Not Death at Funeral But The Other One ($4.1 million), in eighth was Hot Tub Time Machine ($3.54 million), in ninth was Alice in Wonderland ($3.5 million), and closing the top ten out was The Bounty Hunter ($3.2 million).