How to Train Your Dragon successfully usurped the throne of The White Queen in Wonderland this weekend, spitting out a fiery $43.3 million from 4,000 screens. Although not a jaw-dropping performance, it fared very well still and will likely do well again next weekend based on all the positive word-of-mouth it's getting. Read my glowing review of it here. Believe me though, I'm not the only one who loved it. Rotten Tomatoes has it a whopping 97% consensus among critics, making it the best reviewed film of the year. Two-week champion Alice in Wonderland slipped to second this weekend and to-date it has made over $300 million domestically - a stellar showing.
MGM's Hot Tub Time Machine, tries to cash in on the travel back in time formula of Back to the Future and 17 Again, landing in third spot with $13.7 million from 2,700 screens. The comedy which caters to twentysomething plus male demographic hasn't fared decently with a 62% consensus at Rotten Tomatoes.
The Bounty Hunter continues to perform consistently, placing in fourth with $12.4 million this weekend, making it two Gerard Butler films in the Top Ten right now, the other being Dragon. It would be safe to say that he is one of the most bankable male actors now in Hollywood. Butler however isn't the only actor to accomplish the Top Ten double this week, as his Canadian Dragon co-star Jay Baruchel's She's Out of My League ranks in sixth this weekend.
There isn't much else to report from the Box Office this weekend. Many will be interested to know that Avatar finally has dropped off the chart, landing in twelfth spot. Its gross intake worldwide is now up to an unheard of $2.67 billion.