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'Wimpy Kid' rules weekend with $24.4M opening

Devon Bostick and Zachary Gordon in a scene from 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.' (Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

March 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The family sequel "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" debuted at the top of the weekend box office with $24.4 million.

The 20th Century Fox film beat out the action fantasy "Sucker Punch," released by Warner Bros. The girl-power movie opened at No. 2 with $19 million.

The previous weekend's top movie, "Limitless" starring Bradley Cooper, slid to third place with $15.2 million, raising its total to $41.3 million.

"Rodrick Rules" did a bit more business than its predecessor, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," which opened a year ago with $22.1 million.

The "Wimpy Kid" movies are based on the children's books by Jeff Kinney about a timid youth trying to cope at school and home.

Mathew McConaughey's legal thriller "The Lincoln Lawyer" and Johnny Depp's animated flick "Rango" round out the top five.

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.