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“How to Train Your Dragon” brings in $43.3 M


DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” opened to a number one weekend breathing in $43.3 million in its opening weekend. The movie opened well behind their last film, “Monsters vs. Aliens,” which brought in $59.3 million over the same weekend just last year. However, the film has been getting rave reviews from critics and fans, so the film is projected to ultimately be a better lasting success in weekends to come.

Head of marketing for DreamWorks Anne Globe told AP, “People just love the film, so we’re really anticipating we’ll benefit from strong word of mouth going forward.” The film features the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera and Gerard Butler in a moving tale that follows a Viking youth who figures out how to tame fire-breathing dragons. “How to Train Your Dragon” took him 68 percent of the revenue from the 3D screenings, which proves to show how successful 3D technology has become.

Other films which did well this weekend were Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which dropped from the number one spot to second place pulling in $17.3 million. MGM’s “Hot Tub Time Machine,” starring John Cusack, opened to a mediocre number three debut with $13.7 million.

Below are the estimated ticket sales through Sunday from U.S. and Canadian theaters according to Hollywood.com.

1. “How to Train Your Dragon,” $43.3 million.
2. “Alice in Wonderland,” $17.3 million.
3. “Hot Tub Time Machine,” $13.7 million.
4. “The Bounty Hunter,” $12.4 million.
5. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” $10 million.
6. “She’s Out of My League,” $3.5 million.
7. “Green Zone,” $3.3 million.
8. “Shutter Island,” $3.2 million.
9. “Repo Men,” $3 million.
10. “Our Family Wedding,” $2.2 million.


Enjoy the “How to Train Your Dragon” photo gallery below:


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  • March 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    My kid has been bugging me to see this film all weekend. Since it’s been getting good reviews I think I’m going to take him later today

  • March 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    I saw it yesterday and it was fantastic! I highly recommend it for kids and adults!

  • March 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    Saw this super film. Really an exciting, great fun piece of work. Really good performance by the talented Gerard Butler as one of the voices.

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