How to Train Your Dragon Hits Low In Box Office

The latest 3-D animated movie from DreamWorks Animation, How To Train Your Dragon, has made a studio-estimated $43.3 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada box office.

According to Paramount Pictures, this is 27 percent lower than the $59.3 million debut of DreamWorks’ last release, “Monsters vs. Aliens” which came out on the same weekend last year.

The performance of “Dragon” is particularly disappointing given that it played at 638 more theaters with 3-D screens – which carry increasingly high ticket price surcharges – than its predecessor.

The John Cusack comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine,” the weekend’s only other new nationwide release, also had a soft opening, taking in $13.7 million.

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