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Dragon grosses $43.3 million on debut

MUMBAI: With a $43.3 million opening weekend, How to Train Your Dragon took the No. 1 spot. Distributed by Paramount, the DreamWorks Animation adventure, however, came second to the studio‘s Monsters vs. Aliens that opened with a collection of $59.3 million over the same weekend last year.


The film featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera out-performed some recent animated movies like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs that opened with haul of $30.3 million last September.


With an intake of with $17.3 million, Disney‘s Alice in Wonderland that could not be unsettled from its No. 1 spot for the last three weeks, slipped to second place, collecting a domestic total of $293.1 million and its worldwide haul of $656 million.


On the third spot was John Cusack‘s comedy Hot Tub Time Machine that had a lukewarm No. 3 debut of $13.7 million. Released by MGM, the movie has Cusack as part of a group of losers hurled back by a time-traveling hot tub to the 1980s, where they have a chance to set their lives right.
Interestingly, How to Train Your Dragon pulled in 68 per cent of its revenue from 3-D presentation.


After a phenomenal 15-week run, Avatar lost most of its remaining 3-D theatres to How to Train Your Dragon. The James Cameron‘s blockbuster fell out of the top 10 grossing $2 million to finish at No. 11.


Clash of the Titans, another 3D release, is to release this Friday.

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