'Dragon' stokes up box office with $43.3M debut

In this film publicity image released by Paramount Pictures,Astrid, voiced by America Ferrera, center, is shown a scene is shown from "How to Train Your Dragon." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)

March 28, 2010 9:26:21 AM PDT
"How to Train Your Dragon" has breathed a bit of box-office fire with a $43.3 million opening weekend and a No. 1 debut. Yet the DreamWorks Animation adventure came in well behind the studio's last cartoon comedy, "Monsters vs. Aliens," which opened with $59.3 million over the same weekend last year.

Disney's "Alice in Wonderland," which had been No. 1 the previous three weekends, slipped to second place with $17.3 million. It raised its domestic total to $293.1 million.

John Cusack's raunchy comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine" had a lukewarm No. 3 debut of $13.7 million.