2. “The Back-Up Plan” ($12.3 million)
3. “Date Night” ($10.6 million)
4. “The Losers” ($9.6 million)
5. “Kick-Ass” ($9.5 million)
Last weekend, “How To Train Your Dragon” kicked ass and nearly took the box office crown from director Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick-Ass.” This weekend, “Dragon” followed through on its comeback potential by stealing first place away from both “The Back-Up Plan” and “The Losers.”
In its fifth week in theaters, “Dragon” was able to secure an impressive $15 million victory, bringing its domestic total to a rewarding $178 million. The DreamWorks Animation movie’s success can be attributed to growing word of mouth and increased prices for 3-D ticket sales, among other factors.
Jennifer Lopez’s big screen comeback in “The Back-Up Plan” landed in second place with $12.3 million, an unimpressive result given Lopez’s name recognition. Just as unimpressive was the $9.6 million showing for “The Losers,” director Sylvain White’s adaptation of the comic book series from Andy Diggle and Jock.
Holdovers “Date Night” and “Kick-Ass” took third and fifth place with $10.6 million and $9.5 million respectively. Buena Vista’s nature documentary “Oceans” premiered in eighth place with $6 million, featuring the best per screen average of any of the weekend’s top ten competitors.
Next weekend sees the release of Summit Entertainment’s “Furry Vengeance” starring Brendan Fraser and New Line’s revival of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” starring Jackie Earle Haley as the iconic Freddy Krueger.
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