‘How To Train Your Dragon’ Schools Box-Office Competition

'Alice in Wonderland' falls to second place, as 'Hot Tub Time Machine' has lukewarm opening.

The Box-Office Top Five

#1 [movie id="328525"]“How to Train Your Dragon”[/movie] ($43.3 million)
#2 [movie id="373927"]“Alice in Wonderland”[/movie] ($17.3 million)
#3 [movie id="420427"]“Hot Tub Time Machine”[/movie] ($13.7 million)
#4 [movie id="438178"]“The Bounty Hunter”[/movie] ($12.4 million)
#5 [movie id="425581"]“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”[/movie] ($10 million)

After three straight weekends at the top of the charts, Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” surrendered the box-office crown to DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon,” the new animated family film featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler and Jonah Hill.

Despite topping “Wonderland” with a winning $43.3 million haul, “How to Train Your Dragon” still performed unimpressively given the 3-D film’s $165 million production budget. Comparatively, “Alice in Wonderland” earned $116.1 million in its first weekend in theaters. This past weekend, “Wonderland” added an additional $17.3 million for a domestic total of $293 million.

The laughs of “Hot Tub Time Machine” fell flat in the face of both “Dragon” and “Wonderland.” The MGM comedy starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke scored $13.7 million by Sunday’s conclusion — not exactly a fortune when measured up against the film’s $36 million budget. It’s a disappointing result for MGM, particularly considering the positive buzz that the movie has generated from both moviegoers and critics.

Fourth and fifth place belonged to the previous weekend’s newcomers “The Bounty Hunter” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” with $12.4 million and $10 million, respectively. It’s a small victory for Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston’s romantic comedy, which surprisingly failed to surpass “Wimpy Kid” in the rankings the week before.

Other newcomers entered the playing field with small releases but relatively admirable performances. Truly Indie’s “Lbs.” enjoyed the greatest per-screen average of the weekend with $10,900, though, to be fair, the film played in only one theater. Buena Vista’s “Waking Sleeping Beauty” opened in five theaters with a per-screen average of $6,620 and a weekend total of $33,100. Sony Pictures Classics’ “Chloe,” the seductive thriller starring Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore, played across 350 theaters for a total of $1 million.

Upcoming Releases

The titans are certainly clashing next weekend as Louis Leterrier’s “Clash of the Titans,” Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married Too” and the Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Last Song” all enter the box-office arena with their sights set on first place.

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