Box Office: 'Kick-Ass' gets beat by 'Dragon'

kick-ass-lionsgate-320.jpgDespite an impressive marketing campaign and practically inescapable media coverage, "Kick-Ass" underperformed at the box office this weekend while "How to Train Your Dragon" made a comeback to claim the number one spot.

Paramount estimates "Dragon's" weekend numbers at $20 million, just ahead of the $19 million that "Kick-Ass" earned for Lionsgate. Higher ticket prices for 3-D IMAX showings have given "Dragon" a boost.

Many believe that the "Kick-Ass" marketing campaign may have been misleading, as the R-rated movie's promotional spots made it seem family-friendly. Though reviews were largely positive, some very high-profile reviewers found the film's violent fare to be in poor taste.

Final figures will be released Monday, April 19, but here are the estimated weekend numbers:

1. "How to Train Your Dragon," $20 million.

2. "Kick-Ass," $19.7 million.

3. "Date Night," $17.3 million.

4. "Death at a Funeral," $17 million.

5. "Clash of the Titans," $15.8 million.

6. "The Last Song," $5.8 million.

7. "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" $4.2 million.

8. "Hot Tub Time Machine," $3.5 million.

9. "Alice in Wonderland," $3.5 million.

10. "The Bounty Hunter," $3.2 million.

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