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Diary of a Wimpy Kid sequel beats Sucker Punch to US top spot

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Story by Jack Foley

CHILD friendly sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules has topped the US box office ahead of Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch.

The family movie easily won the weekend box office race, grossing $24.4 million, while action-fantasy Sucker Punch only mustered $19 million after a mixed critical reception.

The Wimpy Kid sequel performed above expectation, even bettering the original movie, which opened a year ago to $22.1 million.

What’s more, the follow-up only cost $18 million to produce… meaning that it’s already make its money back. The film benefitted from strong family traffic on Saturday, according to box office trackers.

By comparison, Sucker Punch under-performed, having been touted as one of the biggest films of the year so far… and a possible pre-cursor to the summer blockbuster season.

Costing an estimated $75 million to produce, and with Snyder hot off the back of landing the Superman: Man of Steel directing gig [also for Warner Bros], the film had been expected to clear over $20 million in its opening.

But the studio stood behind the film and its filmmaker, declaring itself to be happy with the $19 million debut.

Of the other films on release, there were strong second weekends for both Bradley Cooper’s Limitless and Matthew McConaughey’s The Lincoln Lawyer, which took third and fourth spots respectively.

Limitless pulled in a further estimated $15.2 million, while The Lincoln Lawyer took an estimated $10.9 million.

Paramount’s Rango crossed the $100 million mark over the weekend, as did Sony’s Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy Just Go With It – therey becoming the first 2011 releases to clear the $100 million mark.

Rango rounded out the US top five.

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