'How to Train Your Dragon' roars back to box office top spot

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After being knocked to second place last week, critically-acclaimed animation "How to Train Your Dragon" roared back to the top of the North American box office, preliminary figures showed Sunday.

The Dreamworks fantasy about a young Viking who tames a dragon lost the poll position last week to "Kick-Ass," but takings of 15 million dollars this weekend returned it to the top spot, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

In at number two was new release "The Back-Up Plan," a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez, which took 12.3 million dollars in receipts over the Friday-Saturday-Sunday period.

Slapstick comedy "Date Night," starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell as a jaded married couple who land in a series of explosive situations after a rare romantic evening without their children, retained the third spot with 10.6 million dollars.

In at number four was "The Losers," an action film adaptation of the comic book of the same name, which took 9.6 million dollars in its first week in theaters.

Falling four places from the number one spot was "Kick-Ass," a controversial action hero movie featuring Nicolas Cage and a host of foul-mouthed, pint-sized crime fighters, which took 9.5 million dollars in sales.

"Clash of the Titans," a critically-panned blockbuster based on the exploits of Perseus and his battles with the serpent-haired Medusa and a fearsome sea monster, fell one spot to number six, earning nine million dollars.

Remake "Death at a Funeral," featuring a wealth of African American Hollywood talent, including stand-up stars Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and Tracy Morgan, fell three spots to number seven, with eight million dollars.

At number eight was "Oceans," a documentary exploring the Earth's five oceans, which took six million dollars in its first week in theaters.

"The Last Song," a romantic teen-targeted Miley Cyrus flick, fell to ninth place in its fourth week in theaters with 3.7 million dollars.

Tenth place went to the live-action version of Lewis Carroll's classic "Alice in Wonderland" starring Johnny Depp, which took 2.2 million dollars to raise its total earnings to 327.5 million dollars.

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