Did 'Kick-Ass' get its ass kicked by a long-in-the-tooth family movie? Despite a wave of hype for the new superhero satire, early estimates from Exhibitor Relations suggest that last week's third-place movie, 'How to Train Your Dragon,' edged out 'Kick-Ass' and reclaimed the box-office throne after a three-week absence.

Sunday's preliminary figures showed a take of $20.0 million for 'Dragon' (for a four-week total of $158.6 million), compared to $19.75 million for 'Kick-Ass.' Of course, that close difference of just $250,000 could evaporate (or widen) by the time final figures are released Monday.

Still, it appears that the costumed-crusader movie's Comic-Don-tested geek appeal, the controversy surrounding its potty-mouthed prepubescent heroine, and the tremendous hype that both phenomena created may not have been enough for 'Kick-Ass' to overcome its R rating, lack of starpower -- and 'Dragon's' formidable theater count, still 760 screens above 'Kick-Ass.' Did 'Kick-Ass' get its ass kicked by a long-in-the-tooth family movie? Despite a wave of hype for the new superhero satire, early estimates from Exhibitor Relations suggest that last week's third-place movie, 'How to Train Your Dragon,' edged out 'Kick-Ass' and reclaimed the box-office throne after a three-week absence.

Sunday's preliminary figures showed a take of $20.0 million for 'Dragon' (for a four-week total of $158.6 million), compared to $19.75 million for 'Kick-Ass.' Of course, that close difference of just $250,000 could evaporate (or widen) by the time final figures are released Monday.

Still, it appears that the costumed-crusader movie's Comic-Don-tested geek appeal, the controversy surrounding its potty-mouthed prepubescent heroine, and the tremendous hype that both phenomena created may not have been enough for 'Kick-Ass' to overcome its R rating, lack of starpower -- and 'Dragon's' formidable theater count, still 760 screens above 'Kick-Ass.'

The close competition echoed last week's neck-and-neck race between 'Date Night,' which had the early edge last Sunday, and 'Clash of the Titans,' which wound up being the weekend winner after the dust settled on Monday. This weekend, a similarly tight battle played out in the fight for third place. Sunday's estimates saw 'Date Night' slightly ahead with $17.3 million (down just 31 percent in its second week, for a total so far of $49.2 million). Just $300,000 behind was new comedy 'Death at a Funeral' ($17.0 million). Again, these two could flip (or not) once final figures are in on Monday.

'Titans,' meanwhile, settled for fifth place with $15.8 million, down 41 percent from last week. In three weeks, the 3-D remake has earned $133 million. The rest of the Top 10 was an afterthought consisting of movies like 'The Last Song' and 'The Bounty Hunter' that have been in theaters for at least three weeks; none of them cracked $6 million.

The full Top 10:

1. 'How to Train Your Dragon,' $20.0 million (3,825 theaters), $158.6 million total
2. 'Kick-Ass,' $19.75 million (3,065), new release
3. 'Date Night,' $17.3 million (3,380), $49.2 million
4. 'Death at a Funeral,' $17.0 million (2,459), new release
5. 'Clash of the Titans,' $15.8 million (3,753), $133.0 million
6. 'The Last Song,' $5.8 million (2,767), $50.0 million
7. 'Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too,' $4.2 million (1,859), $54.9 million
8. 'Hot Tub Time Machine,' $3.55 million (2,308), $42.5 million
9. 'Alice in Wonderland,' $3.50 million (2,024), $324.0 million
10. 'The Bounty Hunter,' $3.2 million, (2,475), $60.4 million