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Thursday 18 January 2018

Dragon movie tops US box office

How To Train Your Dragon, starring Gerard Butler, is No 1 at the US box office
How To Train Your Dragon, starring Gerard Butler, is No 1 at the US box office

How To Train Your Dragon continues to breathe fire at the US box office, reclaiming the No 1 spot in its fifth weekend of release.

The DreamWorks Animation adventure - featuring the voice of Gerard Butler - took in 15 million dollars at the weekend, raising its total to 178 million dollars and is on its way to becoming a 200-million-dollar hit.

Premiering weakly at No 2 with 12.3 million was Jennifer Lopez's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan.

Another comedy, Steve Carell and Tina Fey's Date Night, held up well to finish at No 3 with 10.6 million, raising its total to 63.5 million.

Among the weekend's other newcomers, action flick The Losers flopped at No 4 with 9.6 million. Disney's nature film Oceans had a solid opening for a documentary, coming in at No 8 with 6 million.

How To Train Your Dragon nearly regained the No 1 spot the previous weekend but wound up a close second to superhero comedy Kick-Ass. In its second weekend, Kick-Ass slumped to No 5 with 9.5 million, down 52 per cent from its debut, lifting its total to 34.9 million.

Revenues for How to Train Your Dragon were off a scant 23 per cent from the previous weekend.

"To be No 1 in week five, it's an exciting time," said Anne Globe, head of marketing for DreamWorks Animation. "Especially to be decisively No 1 after last weekend's box-office shenanigans."

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