Dragon, Kick-Ass battle to be No 1
Gerard Butler's animated film How To Train Your Dragon and superhero comedy Kick-Ass are locked in a battle at the US box office.
The No 1 spot for the weekend was too close to call on Sunday, with distributor Paramount reporting that DreamWorks Animation's Dragon took in 20 million dollars, and Kick-Ass distributor Lionsgate reporting its movie debuted with 19.75 million.
With just 250,000 dollars separating them, either film could end up at No 1 when studios release final weekend numbers on Monday.
Weekend projections include fairly hard figures for Friday and Saturday, but studios have to estimate how much a movie will take on Sunday. Final figures on Monday can rise or fall once precise revenues for Sunday are calculated.
Executives for both DreamWorks Animation and Lionsgate said they were tracking their own movies ahead of the competition.
"Our information is indicating that we are at No 1," said Anne Globe, head of marketing for DreamWorks Animation, whose How To Train Your Dragon debuted in first place in late March and slipped to No 3 the next two weekends before climbing again.
Lionsgate head of distribution David Spitz said he'd tracked Kick-Ass, which stars Aaron Johnson, in first place. "I don't see them grossing 20 million, but I've been wrong before. I can promise you 24 hours from now, we will know who's right and who's wrong," Spitz said. "It would have been neat to say, 'Hey, we're the clear-cut No 1'."
The No 3 spot was also close, with Date Night at 17.3 million dollars and comedy Death At A Funeral debuting just behind at 17 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday to Sunday at US and Canadian theatres are according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released on Monday.