Audiences have not yet tired of paying 30% more to see a mediocre movie in three dimensions, but if last night’s box office estimates are to be believed the novelty is fading fast. Dreamworks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon opened with $12.2 million from 4,055 theatres and seems destined for a weekend in the $45 million range. That’s significantly under the $40 million Alice in Wonderland opened with on a Friday three weeks back and is even under the $14 million Martin Scorsese’s dimensionally-challenged Shutter Island opened to in February. Considering the big theatre count and the higher prices, this is a disappointment for Dreamworks. And speaking of disappointments, it looks like MGM can’t count on Hot Tub Time Machine to pull them out of their death spiral. The comedy debuted with $4.5 million on Friday and is now expected to come in at around $14 million for the weekend. Full three day details when you check back tomorrow.
|1||How to Train Your Dragon||$12,200,000||$12.2|
|2||Alice in Wonderland||$4,700,000||$280.5|
|3||Hot Tub Time Machine||$4,500,000||$4.5|
|4||The Bounty Hunter||$4,000,000||$30.4|
|5||Diary of a Wimpy Kid||$2,900,000||$28.6|