How To Train Your Dragon Slays Box Office Competition
GERARD BUTLER's animated adventure HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON has fought its way to the top of the U.S. box office chart with opening weekend takings of $43.3 million (£28.87 million).
The DreamWorks movie, which also features the voices of Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera, tells the tale of a Viking boy who tames a fire-breathing dragon.
The 3-D film ended Alice in Wonderland's three-week run at number one; Tim Burton's Disney fantasy slips to second place with $17.3 million (£11.53 million), taking its total gross in the U.S. to $293.1 million (£195.4 million).
John Cusack's 1980s comedy Hot Tub Time MAChine enters the chart at three after taking $13.7 million (£9.13 million), while The Bounty Hunter, Butler's romantic comedy with Jennifer Aniston, falls from two to four with $12.4 million (£8.27 million).
Diary of a Wimpy Kid rounds out the new top five.