`How to Train Your Dragon' Back as Top Weekend Movie

“Kick Ass” led the box office with $19.8 million in weekend sales at U.S. and Canadian theaters, edging out “How to Train Your Dragon,” a 3-D animated adventure.

“Dragon,” from DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., had $19.6 million in ticket sales, Hollywood.com Box-Office said today in an e-mailed statement. Preliminary data had put “Dragon” in first place with $20 million.

“Kick Ass,” the fifth release this year from Vancouver- based Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., tells the story of a high school student who becomes a masked crime fighter. Gitesh Pandya, editor of Box Office Guru LLC, had projected “Kick Ass” would take in $28 million. The movie, based on a comic book, stars Nicholas Cage and Chloe Moretz.

“Dragon” has generated $158.3 million in the U.S. and Canada since it opened on March 28. The movie was in first place during its debut weekend.

“Date Night,” a comedy starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell, dropped to third place from second with $16.7 million in sales for News Corp.’s Fox film studio. The film, which follows a married couple who find themselves the target of gangsters after a case of mistaken identity, has posted sales of $48.7 million in two weeks.

“Death at a Funeral,” a comedy starring Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan, opened in fourth with receipts of $16.2 million for Sony Corp. In the film, which also features Danny Glover and Martin Lawrence, chaos ensues and secrets emerge after a family gathers to mourn the loss of a loved one.

Sales Rise

“Clash of the Titans,” a 3-D adventure based on Greek mythology, fell to fifth place from first with $15.4 million in ticket sales for Time Warner Inc. The film has taken in $132.6 million since its April 2 release.

Sales for the top 12 films rose 11 percent to $111.9 million from $100.4 million a year earlier, Hollywood.com said. Year-to-date receipts total $3.19 billion, up 9.4 percent from a year earlier. Attendance has increased 7.2 percent this year.

The following table has figures provided by studios to Los Angeles-based Hollywood.com. The amounts are based on actual ticket sales from April 16 through today.

                       Rev.            Avg./   Pct.   Total
Movie                 (mln)  Theaters  Theater Chg.   (mln)  Wks
1 KICK ASS             $19.8   3,065   $6,469   --   $19.8    1
2 HOW TO TRAIN DRAGON   19.6   3,825    5,133   -21   158.3   4
3 DATE NIGHT            16.7   3,380    4,947   -34    48.7   2
4 DEATH AT A FUNERAL    16.2   2,459    6,595   --     16.2   1
5 CLASH OF THE TITANS   15.4   3,753    4,100   -42   132.6   3
6 THE LAST SONG          6.0   2,767    2,155   -39    50.2   3
7 WHY DID I GET MARRIED  4.1   1,859    2,205   -63    54.8   3
8 ALICE IN WONDERLAND    3.7   2,024    1,807   -31   324.1   7
9 HOT TUB TIME MACHINE   3.5   2,308    1,512   -36    42.4   4
10 THE BOUNTY HUNTER     3.1   2,475    1,246   -27    60.3   5
11 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID  2.8   2,142    1,303   -30    57.1   5
12 AVATAR                1.0     500    2,006    19   745.0  18


Top 12 Films Grosses

   This Week     Year Ago      Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
     $111.9       $100.4       11.4


Year-to-date Revenue

     2010          2009
      YTD           YTD        Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
    $3,187        $2,914        9.4


Year-to-date Attendance:      7.2%



Editors: James Callan, Rob Golum



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