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Weekend Estimates: Another Weekend That's Too Close to Call

April 18th, 2010

Another impressive hold from How to Train Your Dragon combined with a lacklustre opening for Kick-Ass to produce a second consecutive weekend where Sunday's estimates are too close to declare a weekend winner. Paramount's estimate for Dragon is $20 million, while Lionsgate has Kick-Ass pegged at $19.75 million. Lionsgate's second place position now may simply be because they've posted a more precise estimate. Remarkably, there are three more movies within $5 million of top spot: Death at a Funeral opened with $17 million, which is just behind Date Night's second weekend $17.3 million (down just 31%), and Clash of the Titans did pretty well in its third weekend with an estimated $15.77 million.

Lower down the chart, Avatar moved back into some 3D screens vacated by Alice in Wonderland and How to Train Your Dragon, and increased its box office by 21% in its 18th weekend in theaters. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo increased 35% in its 5th weekend of release in the United States, and it proving to be a minor hit for Music Box Films.

Exit Through the Gift Shop did impressive business in its first weekend, averaging over $20,000 in eight theaters. The Secret in Their Eyes was similarly robust, averaging close to $18,000 in ten locations.

Filed under: Weekend Box Office, Män som hatar kvinnor, Death at a Funeral, Date Night, How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass, Clash of the Titans, Avatar, El secreto de sus ojos, Exit Through the Gift Shop