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FLOP POP FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ Still Going Strong; J-Lo Proves She’s Still Queen Of The Rom-Com

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In its fourth week of release Dreamworks How to Train Your Dragon easily took the top spot, benefiting from good word of mouth and a weak crop of new and recent releases. Even though The Back-up Plan didn’t technically put Jennifer Lopez back on top, it did manage to debut in second place with $12.2M. The poorly reviewed comedy (although most of the reviews singled out Lopez for praise) was her first starring vehicle since Monster in Law in 2005 and proved that the actress is still a formidable box office draw in the romantic comedy drama. Regarding Lopez’s three year screen absence, first time director Alan Poul, told the LA Times:

Three years seems not that long at all. When the film starts, he says, the audience will drop whatever it thinks about her public persona. The second the movie begins, she’s the character.

The movie was set to open earlier this year until CBS Films made the smart move to switch its release date with Extraordinary Measures starring Harrison Ford and Brandon Fraser. That movie was a huge box office bomb and, so far the recently formed distributing arm of the television network hasn’t shown much savvy in the projects they’ve chosen to produce. The modest success of The Back-up Plan hasn’t changed that.

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1. How to Train Your Dragon (Dreamworks) $15M, Cume $178M

2. The Back-Up Plan (CBS Films) $12.2M

3. Date Night (Fox) $10.6M, Cume $63.5M

4. The Losers (Warner Bros.) $9.61M

5. Kick-Ass (Marv Films) $9.5M, $34.9M

6. Clash of the Titans (Warner Bros.) $9M, Cume $146M

7. Death at a Funeral (Screen Gems) $8M, Cume $28.4M

8. Oceans (Disney) $6M, Cume $8.47M

9. The Last Song (Touchstone) $3.71M, Cume $55.4M

10. Alice in Wonderland (Disney) $2.24M, Cume $328M

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*Bold indicates the weekend’s new releases.
Source: Box Office Mojo

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