‘Train Your Dragon’ Tops Tuesday

on March 31, 2010 by Daniel Garris

How to Train Your Dragon remained in first place on Tuesday with $4.80 million. The 3D computer animated film from Paramount and DreamWorks Animation was essentially unchanged from Monday's $4.81 million performance. Dragon opened on the lower end of expectations over the weekend, but is holding up well during the midweek so far thanks to strong word of mouth and an added boost from Holy Week business. How to Train Your Dragon cleared the $50 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $53.35 million in five days. That places the film 19 percent behind the pace of last year's Monsters vs. Aliens and 2 percent ahead of 2008's Horton Hears A Who!

Disney's Alice in Wonderland held steady in second with $2.04 million. The 3D blockbuster was up 3 percent over Monday and down 24 percent from last Tuesday. Typically films outside of their first week of release see strong daily percentage increases on the Tuesday before Easter, but increases for the day were more modest this year. As a result, Alice in Wonderland will likely have to wait until Thursday to become the first release of 2010 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone.

MGM's Hot Tub Time Machine finished in third place for a fifth straight day. The R-rated time traveling comedy grossed $1.50 million, which was down 3 percent from Monday. That represented the day's poorest percentage hold among wide releases. Hot Tub Time Machine has grossed $17.07 million in five days, as the film continues to perform a bit below pre-release expectations. Hot Tub is currently running 24 percent behind the pace of 2006's The Benchwarmers.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid placed in fourth with $1.23 million. The Fox release was down 1 percent from Monday, but still up an impressive 33 percent over last Tuesday. Wimpy Kid is clearly re-establishing some major momentum this week on the heels of last week's sharp declines. Diary of a Wimpy Kid has exceeded expectations with $38.37 million in twelve days and is set to clear the $40 million mark on Thursday.

Reaching the $40 million mark yesterday was Sony's The Bounty Hunter. The PG-13 rated romantic comedy grossed $1.14 million for the day, which was up 9 percent from Monday. That represented the day's best daily percentage increase among wide releases, as the film continues to display very solid holding power. As a result, The Bounty Hunter was down a healthy 28 percent from last Tuesday.

Tags: The Bounty Hunter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Hot Tub Time Machine, Alice in Wonderland, How to Train Your Dragon

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