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Weekend Box Office: Trained Dragons Fly High

After a solid three weeks at number one Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland finally fell to newcomer How To Train Your Dragon. Although it easily took the top spot with $43 million, it’s a disappointing start for a promising movie with a $165 million budget to win back. With just over $8 million in international sales, DreamWork’s latest animated adventure has a tough climb ahead.

Quirky comedy Hot Tub Time Machine soaked up a simple $13 million for third place. Not a substantial amount, it is the biggest opening for director Steve Pink (Accepted, Speechless,). It wasn’t enough to top Alice In Wonderland which added $17 million to its almost $300 million grand total.

Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson’s new movie Chloe saw small release to the tune of $1 million in just 350 theaters. With no announced plans to expand the release, the project may be hard pressed to cover its $15 million budget.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

1.
How to Train Your Dragon$43,300,000 -Total: $43,300,000LW: N WR: 1
THTRS: 4,055
2.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)$17,300,000 -Total: $293,100,000LW: 1 WR: 4
THTRS: 3,384
3.
Hot Tub Time Machine$13,650,000 -Total: $13,650,000LW: N WR: 1
THTRS: 2,754
4.
The Bounty Hunter$12,400,000 -Total: $38,812,000LW: 3 WR: 2
THTRS: 3,074
5.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid$10,000,000 -Total: $35,776,000LW: 2 WR: 2
THTRS: 3,083
6.
She's Out of My League$3,526,000 -Total: $25,601,000LW: 6 WR: 3
THTRS: 2,432
7.
Green Zone$3,350,000 -Total: $30,440,000LW: 5 WR: 3
THTRS: 2,557
8.
Shutter Island$3,175,000 -Total: $120,600,000LW: 7 WR: 6
THTRS: 2,123
9.
Repo Men$3,048,000 -Total: $11,342,000LW: 4 WR: 2
THTRS: 2,519
10.
Our Family Wedding$2,200,000 -Total: $16,785,000LW: 9 WR: 3
THTRS: 1,132