“Dragon” Burns J-Lo’s “Back-Up Plan” at Box Office

200px-How_to_train_Your_Dragon_posterJennifer Lopez has been toasted at the box-office battle over the weekend, as DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” made minced meat of “The Back-up Plan.” “Dragon” made $15 million a week after barely missing the top spot, officially regaining first place around a month since it debuted in the same spot. J-Lo’s latest starrer, “Back-Up Plan,” had an unimpressive opening weekend with only $12.3 million.

Former number one “Date Night,” featuring Steve Carell and Tina Fey raised its total gross to $63.5 million by capturing third spot with $10.6 million. Much-hyped action caper, “The Losers,” performed as its name suggests, opening with an anemic $9.6 million for fourth spot. Disney’s documentary nature film, “Oceans,” another newcomer this weekend, was solid at number eight with $6 million.

“Dragon” now has grossed $178 million and, based on its consistent box-office performance, is on target of finishing above the $200-million mark. DreamWorks marketing head Anne Globe said “to be No. 1 in week five, it’s an exciting time,” especially after last weekend’s brouhaha where “Dragon” was declared No. 1 on Sunday only to be dropped to No. 2 after the final weekend tally was released the next day, with “Kick-Ass” grabbing the top spot.