‘Dragon’ #1, ‘Back-up’ #2 on Monday

on April 27, 2010 by Daniel Garris

Paramount's How to Train Your Dragon led the daily box office on Monday with $0.845 million. That outpaced CBS Films' The Back-up Plan by an extremely slim $836 for the day. With grosses across the board being quite modest for the day, How to Train Your Dragon was separated by just $227,793 from the day's seventh place film (Sony's Death at a Funeral). Dragon was down 83 percent from Sunday and down 30 percent from last Monday. The 32-day gross for Dragon stands at $179.19 million, leaving it $20.81 million away from the $200 million milestone.

The Back-up Plan finished in a very close second with $0.844 million. The romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez was down 71 percent from Sunday, which was in line with the type of daily declines most wide releases experienced for the day. The Back-up Plan has grossed $13.05 million through four days of release. That is in line with pre-release expectations and places the comeback film for Lopez 13 percent behind the pace of last year's Duplicity (which served as a comeback film for Julia Roberts).

Lionsgate's Kick-Ass claimed third place with $0.80 million. The R-rated comic book adaptation was down 70 percent from Sunday and down 49 percent from last Monday. Kick-Ass has already moved ahead of fellow comic book adaptation The Losers in the daily rankings, as Kick-Ass topped the Warner Bros. release by $73,129 for the day. Kick-Ass has grossed $35.51 million through 11 days of release, placing the film 25 percent behind the pace of 2006's V for Vendetta.

The Losers placed in fourth with $0.73 million. Like Kick-Ass, The Losers was also down 70 percent from Sunday. The modestly budgeted PG-13 action film has grossed a lackluster $10.13 million in its first four days of release. That places The Losers 13 percent behind the four-day start of last year's Fighting. The news for Warner Bros. will be much better this coming weekend when the studio's remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street is released on Friday.

Though it remained in eighth place for the day, Oceans was able to claim the day's highest per-location average among wide releases. The nature documentary from Disneynature grossed $0.55 million, which was down 70 percent from Sunday. Oceans has grossed a respectable $9.08 million in five days of release from a modest 1,206 locations. Oceans is currently running 37 percent behind last year's Earth (which had the benefit of opening in 598 more locations).

Tags: Oceans, The Losers, Kick-Ass, The Back-up Plan, How to Train Your Dragon

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