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‘Kick Ass’ Edges ‘Dragon’ as Top Film for Lions Gate

“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.

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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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