Dragon Ekes Out Another Box Office Victory

Written off by many critics and industry veterans as a box office disappointment weeks ago, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon has proven to have some legs.

The 3-D feature film topped the box office in its fifth weekend of release with a $15 million total. That brings its domestic gross to $178 million. That’s just a bit more than the film has grossed overseas ‘ a total of $177 million ‘ giving the film a worldwide pull of $355 million.

Dragon was helped in its quest by some underperforming new releases as well as a late spring lull that is expected to end with the arrival May 7 of Iron Man 2. Variety reports box office receipts were down 13 percent from the same weekend last year.

The new romantic comedy The Back-Up Plan opened in second place with $12 million, followed by holdover Date Night with $10.6 million.

The Losers, an action film adapted from the DC/Vertigo comic book series, opened in fourth place with $9.6 million. It was followed closely by another comic-book adaptation, Kick-Ass, with $9.5 million and Clash of the Titans with $9 million.

Kick-Ass has grossed $34 million domestic and $21 international; while Titans has earned $145 million in the United States and $240 million overseas for a total of $385 million.

Also still in release is Alice in Wonderland, which took in $2.2 million for a $327 million domestic total; and Avatar, with $950,000 for the weekend and a total of $746 million.

Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells earned $28,000 on about 27 screens for a domestic total of $362,800.