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Weekend Box Office Numbers (March 26-28, 2010): $43.7M for How to Train Your Dragon; Alice 2nd with $17.7M; Hot Tub Time Machine 3rd with $14.0M

Update: Article updated with final actual numbers.

DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon grossed $43.732 million from 4,055 theaters. The film took in $12.112M on Friday, increased an impressive 44.6% on Saturday to $17.519M and dropped 19.5% on Sunday to $14.101M. The film matched its domestic performance overseas — where it added $42.301 million — putting its opening weekend worldwide cume at $86.033 million.

Finishing in second place for the weekend was Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which dropped 48.2% in its fourth weekend to take second place with $17.708 million. That puts the Disney 3D feature at an impressive $293.535M domestically (and an estimated $656.5M worldwide).

The other wide new release this weekend was MGM’s R-rated comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, which debuted a little weaker than expected in 3rd place with $14.02 million from 2,754 theaters. Head on over the jump for the weekend chart and more analysis including an update on Avatar.

Rounding out the top five was The Bounty Hunter ($12.007M / $38.418M domestic cume) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid ($10.122M / $35.898M domestic cume).

On the Avatar front, although it shed another 306 theaters this weekend (placing 11th place while playing in just 930 theaters), it still managed to gross another $2.047 million which puts its domestic cume at $740.44 million. Theater loss hasn’t been as quick overseas, allowing for it to pick up an estimated $7.6 million from 63 markets. That puts its overseas cume at a massive $1.95 billion and its worldwide cume at an estimated $2.69 billion, absolutely blowing away Titanic’s previous records: $600.788M domestic / $1.843B worldwide.

Put another way, Avatar has grossed more overseas alone than Titanic grossed worldwide. Extraordinary isn’t it?

Weekend Chart for March 26 – March 28, 2010:

MOVIE TITLE WEEKEND GROSS % CHANGE THEATERS CHANGE TOTAL GROSS
1 How to Train Your Dragon $43,732,319 NEW 4,055 NEW $43,732,319
2 Alice in Wonderland $17,707,858 -48.2% 3,384 -355 $293,534,935
3 Hot Tub Time Machine $14,020,502 NEW 2,754 NEW $14,020,502
4 The Bounty Hunter $12,006,731 -42.0% 3,074 n/c $38,418,433
5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid $10,121,961 -54.3%
3,083 +6
$35,898,390
6 She’s Out of My League $3,512,218 -39.5%
2,432 -526 $25,586,560
7 Green Zone $3,384,480 -44.6%
2,564 -440 $30,475,005
8 Shutter Island $3,187,487 -32.7%
2,123 -581 $120,612,552
9 Repo Men $3,010,515 -50.9%
2,519 -2 $11,304,730
10 Remember Me $2,352,539 -37.1%
1,132 -477 $16,938,462

Sources: Box Office Mojo

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