Weekend Box Office – $43.3 Million For HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

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After siphoning away 30% of Alice in Wonderland‘s precious 3D screens, Dreamworks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon was the big winner this weekend – although its total may have been a bit under what the studio was hoping for.

Title Weekend Total
1 How to Train Your Dragon $43,300,000 $43.3
2 Alice in Wonderland $17,300,000 $293.1
3 Hot Tub Time Machine $13,650,000 $13.6
4 The Bounty Hunter $12,400,000 $38.8
5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid $10,000,000 $35.7
6 She’s Out of My League $3,526,000 $25.6
7 Green Zone $3,350,000 $30.4
8 Shutter Island $3,175,000 $120.6
9 Repo Men $3,048,000 $11.3
10 Our Family Wedding $2,200,000 $16.7

how_to_train_your_dragon_movie_poster_larger_02.jpgHow to Train your Dragon has garnered some of the best reviews of any major studio release so far this year (97% on Rotten Tomatoes), but that praise did not necessarily translate into a huge opening weekend. From its 4,055 theatres (over 2,100 in 3D), How to Train Your Dragon brought in an estimated $43.3 million or $10,600 per screen. That is $16 million under the take for DA’s own 3D game-changer Monsters vs. Aliens, which debuted on this same weekend in 2009. For their part, the studio would like me to point out that Dragon did trump the $30 million made by Sony’s 3D animated Cloudy with A Chance for Meatballs, but I don’t feel like humoring them…

This is a case of too many 3D titles and not enough screens to go around, a phenomenon anyone with eyes could have seen coming. Though cinema chains worked overtime to add 3D digital screens to their facilities in time for Avatar, they did not move quickly enough to accommodate multiple 3D titles on the same weekend. Disney’s Alice in Wonderland made over $34 million last weekend – its third in release. This weekend, despite losing about 355 screens overall, Alice showed remarkable resiliency – earning $17.3 million for a second place finish. And that Avatar is still lurking in a few 3D locations as well – though the blockbuster finally fell out of the top ten after 100 days in release.

Dreamworks ended up winning the battle for more screens, but that was a pyrrhic victory considering that Dragon brought in only about 38% of Disney’s debut total for Alice in Wonderland on roughly the same number of 3D screens. But here’s the bright side: How to Train Your Dragon will continue to play on those hard-fought 3D screens over the Easter holiday. It’s not a known entity like Alice but it has those glowing reviews to recommend it and a full week of kiddie-school vacations to walk those numbers up. In fact, the real loser here may be Clash of the Titans, which decided kind of late in the game to make the jump to 3D. As a result Warner Brothers will have to settle for far fewer 3D equipped screens.

hot_tub_time_machine_movie_image_clark_duke_rob_corddry_john_cusack_rob_corddry_04.jpgOn the flatter side of the street, the late, great MGM opened its alluringly titled Hot Tub Time Machine this weekend on 3,000 screens, Not even a well-placed nod on last week’s 30 Rock was enough to push the comedy over the top, however. Hot Tub earned an estimated $13.6 million – a bit short of its $20 million projection. The good news here is that the film can now get a jump on its destiny: becoming a basic cable staple for years to come.

The monster wave of 3D titles spelled bad news for last week’s visually traditional titles: Diary of a Wimpy Kid fell by nearly 59% to $10 million while Repo Men fell off by over 50%. The Bounty Hunter managed to hold on to about 60% of its first week gross, but its new $38.8 million total still puts it a bit off of the $60 million goal for a big-name battle of the sexes comedy.

As I mentioned, Easter weekend brings the release of Warner Brother’s big Clash of the Titans reboot – in 3D theatres if you can find one. I’m a big fan of the original so I’m looking forward to seeing what the new film has to offer… in whatever dimension it’s offering it in.

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  • Corin Prendiville

    I ended up seeing both How To Train Your Dragon and Hot Tub Time Machine, I was more thoroughly impressed by Dragon which I actually found more entertaining then movies like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda (which I did find Kung Fu Panda pretty entertaining). Hot Tub was not bad, but they spent entirely too much time trying to keep the future the same instead of doing what they ended up doing anyways. I also think it is dumb that the 3 other guys went back to their time, when you think about it they wasted an additional 20 years of life that could have been spent actually enjoying it this time (it seems their bodies continued the progression through time but when they came through the time portal they still had the same memories), whereas the guy who stayed enjoyed a long and happy life lol.

  • Corin Prendiville

    Shit I forgot there are spoilers in there T_T I always forget.

  • junierizzle

    You mean a movie called Hot Tub Time Machine didn't send America running to the theatres???

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PIIMFWKBG5HU5HLTDS2OAE35NQ Mastahh

    Excelent Movie Excelent Dragon lol..i was really impressed! BTW you can watch it free on http://myopentheatre.com/watch-how-to-train-you

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Movie was great fun. The IMAX 3D was very impressive. This movie deserves to make more money. :) Maybe in toy sales? My daughter and wife both wanted toys right away, which is actually unusual for them. (We got a 12″ dark fury)

    We were starved for a decent movie to take our daughter to. Maybe most of America took their kids to Alice, but when I heard about (spoiler) Alice stepping on decapitated heads in a moat of water (end spoiler), I decided my 4.5 year old could wait for Dragon, which is also a bit intense but WAY more appropriate and she is used to some intense stuff. (One of her favorite movies is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind).

  • Corin Prendiville

    I ended up seeing both How To Train Your Dragon and Hot Tub Time Machine, I was more thoroughly impressed by Dragon which I actually found more entertaining then movies like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda (which I did find Kung Fu Panda pretty entertaining). Hot Tub was not bad, but they spent entirely too much time trying to keep the future the same instead of doing what they ended up doing anyways. I also think it is dumb that the 3 other guys went back to their time, when you think about it they wasted an additional 20 years of life that could have been spent actually enjoying it this time (it seems their bodies continued the progression through time but when they came through the time portal they still had the same memories), whereas the guy who stayed enjoyed a long and happy life lol.

  • Corin Prendiville

    Shit I forgot there are spoilers in there T_T I always forget.

  • junierizzle

    You mean a movie called Hot Tub Time Machine didn't send America running to the theatres???

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PIIMFWKBG5HU5HLTDS2OAE35NQ Mastahh

    Excelent Movie Excelent Dragon lol..i was really impressed! BTW you can watch it free on http://myopentheatre.com/watch-how-to-train-you

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Movie was great fun. The IMAX 3D was very impressive. This movie deserves to make more money. :) Maybe in toy sales? My daughter and wife both wanted toys right away, which is actually unusual for them. (We got a 12″ dark fury)

    We were starved for a decent movie to take our daughter to. Maybe most of America took their kids to Alice, but when I heard about (spoiler) Alice stepping on decapitated heads in a moat of water (end spoiler), I decided my 4.5 year old could wait for Dragon, which is also a bit intense but WAY more appropriate and she is used to some intense stuff. (One of her favorite movies is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind).

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  • Roger Penna

    Hi, I am a visitor from the future (2013). Just want to tell you fools that Hot Tube Time Machine actually ended up making $50 million and became a cult and its actually considered a success, and everybody talks well about this movie here in 2013. I bet you guys from the past would never guess that!

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