Box office report for April 26, 2010: "Dragon" burns "The Back-Up Plan"
DreamWorks Animation’s steadily soaring “How to Train Your Dragon” continues to heat up the box office.
Released a month ago, the animated adventure took in $15 million to reclaim the No. 1 spot in its fifth weekend in theaters, according to the Associated Press. “How to Train Your Dragon” opened in first place in late March, but has held up strongly and climbed to the top again amid a pack of middling new releases.
The well-reviewed family film raised its total to $178 million and is on its way to becoming a $200 million hit. It seems poised to rank among DreamWorks’ most successful animated films outside the “Shrek” franchise.
Jennifer Lopez’s romantic comedy “The Back-up Plan,” released by CBS Films, debuted weakly with $12.3 million for second place. Another comedy, Steve Carell and Tina Fey’s “Date Night” from 20th Century Fox, ranked at No. 3 with $10.6 million, raising its total to $63.5 million.
Among the weekend’s other newcomers, the Warner Bros. action flick “The Losers” made just $9.6 million to place in fourth place. Disney’s Earth Day nature film “Oceans” had a solid opening for a documentary, coming in at No. 8 with $6 million, according to the AP.
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