Again, the box office is too close to call between "How to train your Dragon" against "Kick Ass".
There was another photo finish at the weekend boxoffice, as a leggy holdover again appeared to outpace a big wide-opener.
DreamWorks Animation's leggy "How to Train Your Dragon" fetched an estimated $20 million to top preliminary domestic rankings. The Paramount-distributed 3D adventure piled cumulative coin to $158.6 million through four sessions.
Just a hair off the leader's pace, "Kick-Ass" -- a relatively inexpensive pickup for Lionsgate -- posted a weekend opening less potent than its name yet hardly a kick in the pants for the minimajor. The well-reviewed romp about a band of not-very-super superheroes rung up $19.8 million, landing on the lower end of pre-release expectations.
The No. 1 and 2 positions could change Monday, depending on final data from distributors. Another wide-opener -- Sony Screen Gem's R-rated comedy "Death at a Funeral," with Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence -- settled for fourth place with $17 million.
More positively, Fox's PG-13 comedy "Date Night," starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey, used a tiny 31% drop from its week-earlier bow to ring up $17.3 million and grab third place in its sophomore session, and a $49.2 million cume. Warner Bros.' 3D action fantasy "Clash of the Titans" -- which overtook "Date Night" for No. 1 in the prior weekend's race to the wire -- finished fifth in its third frame with $15.8 million and a $133 million cume.
On an industry-wide basis, the $121 million weekend represented a 10% uptick from a comparable session last year, according to Rentrak.