Weekend box office: 'Dragon' wins. Really.
For the first time in two weeks, there's no photo-finish drama involved in determining which movie was the weekend's No. 1.
"How to Train Your Dragon" regained the top spot at the box office with $15 million in the bank; "The Back-Up Plan" did so-so business and landed in second; and apparently no one wanted to go to the movies this weekend. Box office revenue was down 12 percent compared to this time last year, according to the L.A. Times. And with that happy bit of news, here are your box-office bullet points:
"How to Train Your Dragon" accomplished something rare this weekend; it regained the No. 1 position with that aforementioned $15 million after having dropped out of the coveted top spot four weeks ago. According to Box Office Mojo, a movie has returned to the numero uno position after a few weeks away only four other times in the past decade. Congrats to the "Dragon" for not only winning the weekend, but apparently, achieving the impossible box-office dream.
There wasn't a whole lot of love for J. Lo this weekend. Her "Back-Up Plan" opened with $12.2 million, which isn't a bad showing considering that many of "Dragon's" ticket sales relied on premium-priced 3-D admissions. But it's hardly a mandate for more Jennifer Lopez in cineplexes nationwide. What's the deal? Is everyone still having "Gigli" flashbacks?
America, I ask you: Why no love for "Kick-Ass"? The movie that was supposed to rock the very foundations of comic book filmdom dropped off by 50 percent this weekend and slid down to fifth place. And here I thought that a little girl with a purple wig and fierce weapons training was going to sweep the nation. How wrong I was. (For the record, the new comic book movie of the weekend, "The Losers," didn't do much better. It earned $9.6 million to "Kick-Ass's" $9.5 million.)
The under-the-sea documentary "Oceans" opened pretty well for a nature doc, earning $6 million. Surprised? You shouldn't be. This comes down to one simple, irrefutable fact: People are desperate for movies they can see with their kids. That's why "Dragon" soared its way back to No. 1. That's why people paid money to watch cuddly penguins and seals in this Disney documentary. And that's also why it's possible that a less-than-stellar Brendan Fraser movie could potentially rule the land next weekend. Speaking of next weekend...
...what do you think will be our next No. 1? Will "Furry Vengeance" -- a comedy boasting perhaps the worst title in the history of family entertainment -- emerge victorious? Or will that honor go to the rebooted "Nightmare on Elm Street"? Vote in our poll below, movie-biz prognosticators.
| April 26, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories: Movies, Pop Culture | Tags: Movies, Weekend Box Office
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