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March 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Sucker Punch took one itself — of knockout force — from a wimpy kid over the weekend. The Warner Bros. tough-girl action flick opened in the lead at the box office on Friday but quickly lost ground to 20th Century Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, on Saturday and Sunday. Wimpy Kid, in fact, came in ahead of most forecasts, posting an estimated $24.4 million. Sucker Punch wound up with around $19 million. Last weekend’s winner, Relativity Media’s Limitless, slipped to third place to $15.2 million. Although each of the three films performed respectably, they failed to lift the box office out of the inertia that has plagued it all year. Ticket sales were down 7 percent from the comparable weekend a year ago when DreamWorks’s How to Train Your Dragon opened with $43.7 million — about as much as last weekend’s top two films combined. However, most analysts are sticking by their predictions that the box office will see a lively turnaround this summer with the arrival of such potential blockbusters as Green Lantern; Thor; Captain America; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2; Transformers: The Dark of the Moon; Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; Super 8; The Hangover 2; Cars 2; and Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, $24.4 million; 2. Sucker Punch, $19 million; 3. Limitless, $15.2 million; 4. The Lincoln Lawyer, $11 million; 5. Rango, $9.8 million; 6. Battle: Los Angeles, $7.6 million; 7. Paul, $7.5 million; 8. Red Riding Hood, $4.3 million; 9. The Adjustment Bureau, $4.2 million; 10. Mars Needs Moms, $2.2 million.

Final Figures for the Top Five Films

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, $23,751,502
2. Sucker Punch, $19,058,199
3. Limitless, $15,055,249
4. The Lincoln Lawyer, $10,750,365
5. Rango, $9,772,822