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Seven-Day Summary: 'Wimpy Kid' Stronger Than 'Sucker Punch'

by Ray Subers
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
 

 
April 1, 2011

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules pulled off a minor upset this week by opening higher than Zach Snyder's much-hyped Sucker Punch. Not too far behind were Limitless and The Lincoln Lawyer, each of which held on extremely well in their second weeks. Unfortunately, overall business was off 20 percent from last year due mostly to inflated pre-Easter weekend figures.

The Wimpy Kid sequel scored $28.2 million, which was ahead of its predecessors' $25.8 million opening week from last March. Rodrick Rules also held up slightly better than the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid during the Monday to Thursday period, though not by a wide enough margin to indicate any sort of word-of-mouth advantage. In just seven days, Rodrick Rules has made more than the entire runs of similar live-action children's book adaptations Ramona and Beezus and Nancy Drew.

Sucker Punch debuted to $23.8 million, which was less than any of director Zach Snyder's previous live-action movies, including the Dawn of the Dead remake. It was also a bit off from Kick-Ass, though it was a major improvement over Scott Pilgrim vs. the World among Comic-Con oriented fare.

Limitless eased a light 23 percent to $20.1 million. While it finished third for the week, it actually moved ahead of the new releases to occupy the top spot from Tuesday to Thursday. Compared to recent adult-leaning thrillers, the movie's $46.2 million two-week total was a tad better than The Adjustment Bureau and about even with Unknown.

The Lincoln Lawyer held even better than Limitless, dipping 19 percent to $14.6 million. In two weeks, the Matthew McConaughey drama has earned $32.6 million.

Rango rounded out the Top Five with another solid week, falling 35 percent to $12.7 million. With a $109.2 million total, the movie technically ranks as the fourth highest-grossing Western on record behind Dances with Wolves, True Grit and Wild Wild West.

Defying genre expectations a bit, Paul fell a solid 39 percent to $10.5 million in its second week. Its $27.6 million total isn't exciting, but it has topped Hot Fuzz to become Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's top-grossing collaboration.

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