How to Train your Dragon just keeps on flying, in spite of early reports that it wasn't going to perform or deliver the dollars expected. Dreamworks Animation's 3-D fest brought in $15 million this weekend, with a total draw of $178 million so far.
Jennifer Lopez's comeback vehicle The Back-up Plan landed in a respectable second, with $12.3 million. Date Night is still fighting to stay in the game, coming in third with $10.6 million, while the highly anticipated Losers lost out big, coming in fourth with $9.6 million.
Last week's winner, Kick-Ass, got kicked down to fifth place. The comedy was hoping to make up for wonky advertising with some word of mouth, but instead barely stayed in the top five with $9.5 million.
It bares mention that last week's top five each brought in over $15 million, there was a steep drop-off this week for sure! Perhaps it was that first round of seasonal parties luring viewers away? Whatever the case, this was clearly a slow weekend, with unimpressive numbers all around.
Clash of the Titans dropped out of the top five, with $9 million, followed by Death at a Funeral, which plummeted from fourth to seventh with $8 million.
The documentary Oceans is getting buzz for showing up in eighth place with $6 million. Released on Earth Day, the underwater excursion takes on an awesome task, exploring the planet's seven oceans and the animals that live there. While viewers can definitely expect a global warning, word is the experience is simply breathtaking. Pierce Brosnan narrates the film from Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud.
The Last Song also took a big hit, dropping from sixth to ninth with $3.9 million, while Alice in Wonderland stays in the game with $2.2 million. That brings the total for the 3-D version of Lewis Carroll's classic up to $875 million internationally. Not bad, Alice!
From the indie market, Exit through the Gift Shop is causing a quite stir. It's made $391,671 since its April 16 release, but that's on only 11 screens. The mysterious film from British street artist Banksy investigates the counter-culture of street art. It caused a stir with a secret screening at Sundance and is now moving forward without a major distributor -- apparently by choice. To watch the preview and see if the film is coming to a theater near you, visit Bansky's website.
Next week brings the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Brendan Fraser's new family comedy, Furry Vengeance. Everyone better land the numbers they can, however, because Iron Man 2 is looming and ready to conquer starting May 7.
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