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In its debut weekend at the U.S. box office, DreamWorks Animation’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON slew the competition.

In its debut weekend at the U.S. box office, DreamWorks Animation’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON slew the competition. The 3-D adventure comedy earned $43.3 million for the weekend of March 26-28, 2010.

Reigning champ for the past three weeks, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, slipped only a slot, making another $17.3 million. With visual effects from Café FX, Matte World Digital, Nvizage, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Svengali Visual Effects, the Tim Burton extravaganza has made a total of $293.1 million.

In its first weekend, the sci-fi comedy, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE (vfx by Mr. X), made a swimming $13.7 million for MGM.

THE BOUNTY HUNTER scored an additional $12.4 million in fourth, bringing its two-week cume to $38.8 million. Last week’s #2 flick, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID plummeted to fifth, making $10 million, thus lifting its cume to $35.8 million.

SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE from Paramount held strong at #6, bringing in another $3.53 million, which makes its total tally $25.6 million. In seventh, Paul Greengrass’s Iraq thriller, GREEN ZONE (vfx by Double Negative and Lip Sync Post), captured another $3.35 million, lifting its disappointing cume to $30.4 million. Martin Scorsese’s SHUTTER ISLAND sailed into eighth with an additional $3.18 million. The mind-bending thriller with vfx from Crazy Horse Effects, Gentle Giant Studios, Mark Rappaport Creature Effects and New Deal Studios, has earned a total of $120.6 million.

REPO MEN, with vfx by Mr. X and Rodeo FX, had its box office cash repossessed falling from fourth to ninth. The gory sci-fi flick made another $3.05 million, making its two-week cume a weak $11.3 million. OUR FAMILY WEDDING from Fox Searchlight finished off the top ten adding another $3.05 million to its $16.8 million cume.

Box office numbers obtained at boxofficemojo.com.

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