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Dragons, Hot Tubs and big little girls…

In what was a fairly predictable opening, “How to Train Your Dragon” beat “Alice in Wonderland” for #1 at the box office this weekend with $43.3 million. Alice was second with $17.3 million, but MGM’s “Hot Tub Time Machine” did a respectable $13.7 to come in third. It probably doesn’t mean much for the ailing studio (see previous post for background), but it’s better than coming in dead last (floating in the hot tub, as it were)…

Still, the ‘big little girl’ Alice has ‘legs,’ as the showbiz expression goes. After 4 weeks in domestic release, it’s done $293 million, and abroad it’s done even better (as is usually the case for a hit), raking in $363 million. And, it should probably go without saying, much of that box office is thanks to higher 3-D ticket prices. (‘Internationally,’ as opposed to ‘domestically,’ the higher-3-D tickets made up 71 % of ‘Alice’s’ box office.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the ‘big’ summer movie season hasn’t even begun yet. “Iron Man 2,” considered this summer’s opening salvo in the screen wars, opens May 7, followed quickly in subsequent weeks by Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood,” starring Russell Crow, 3-D “Shrek Forever After,” and “Sex and the City 2.” And THAT’s just May… (Let’s not forget the earlier openers, like 3-D “Clash of the Titans” and “Kick-Ass” which will prime young audiences for the escapist fare to follow.)

It should be a good summer for movies. Popcorn movies, sure. But isn’t that what people want right now? If not, don’t worry: Oliver Stone’s sequel “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is opening in September.

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