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“Kick-Ass” wins a slim victory at the Box Office

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The final numbers are in — ending the cliffhanger at the Box Office. The new superhero flick, “Kick-Ass,” edged out the animated hit, “How to Train Your Dragon” for bragging rights to the number one film in the country. The action comedy generated $19.8 million in theater ticket sales, below expectations, but still enough to win the Box Office derby.

“Kick-Ass” centers on the misadventures of a teenager who decides to live out his dream of being a superhero, despite not having any superpowers. It stars Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Nicolas Cage. The movie is based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. 

“How to Train Your Dragon” had to settle for second with $19.6 million bringing its four week domestic Box Office tally to $158 million. In third, the comedy romance “Date Night” with $16.7 million.

Another new flick, “Death at a Funeral,” earned $16.2 million to debut in fourth place. It played on the least number of screens, 2,459, of any film in the top five. This a remake of the 2007 British film of the same title and storyline. It’s about high junks, misplaced bodies, and exposed family secrets at a funeral ceremony. The 2010 version features a mostly African American cast that includes Danny Glover, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, and Loretta Devine.

In fifth place, the action fantasy “Clash of the Titans”  with $15.3 million — after three weeks its domestic Box Office total is $132.6 million.

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