Despite early estimates suggesting that newcomer 'Kick-Ass' got burned by a resurgent 'How to Train Your Dragon' in the weekend box office race, final numbers show that 'Kick-Ass' managed to kick it up a notch to eke out a slim victory over 'Dragon.' It's the second week in a row that a close box office race on Sunday had to be recounted on Monday, with a new winner declared.

Sunday's figures from Exhibitor relations estimated a $20 million tally for Paramount/DreamWorks Animation's 'Dragon,' now in its fourth week of release, compared to a $19.75 million opening for Lionsgate's 'Kick-Ass.'

On Monday, however, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate raised the superhero satire's estimated take by just $50,000, for a total of $19.8 million, while Paramount revised its estimate for the 3-D cartoon downward by $400,000, for a total of $19.6 million for the weekend (and $158.2 million over four weeks). What looked like a second-place finish for 'Kick-Ass,' by a margin of $250,000, became a $200,000 victory instead. Despite early estimates suggesting that newcomer 'Kick-Ass' got burned by a resurgent 'How to Train Your Dragon' in the weekend box office race, final numbers show that 'Kick-Ass' managed to kick it up a notch to eke out a slim victory over 'Dragon.' It's the second week in a row that a close box office race on Sunday had to be recounted on Monday, with a new winner declared.

Sunday's figures from Exhibitor relations estimated a $20 million tally for Paramount/DreamWorks Animation's 'Dragon,' now in its fourth week of release, compared to a $19.75 million opening for Lionsgate's 'Kick-Ass.'

On Monday, however, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate raised the superhero satire's estimated take by just $50,000, for a total of $19.8 million, while Paramount revised its estimate for the 3-D cartoon downward by $400,000, for a total of $19.6 million for the weekend (and $158.2 million over four weeks). What looked like a second-place finish for 'Kick-Ass,' by a margin of $250,000, became a $200,000 victory instead.

'Kick-Ass' had been expected to open as high as $30 million, thanks to generally strong reviews and the enormous hype stemming from its successful sneak at Comic-Con and the controversy surrounding its hyperviolent, obscenity-spouting little girl heroine. But the movie was apparently hobbled by its restrictive R rating and general lack of starpower. Meanwhile, 'Dragon,' still riding high on 760 more screens than 'Kick-Ass,' continued to attract enough family audiences to approach the No. 1 spot it had occupied when it opened three weeks ago.

The reversal mimics the one that happened last week, when Sunday estimates gave the debuting 'Date Night' the edge over 'Clash of the Titans,' only to see 'Titans' come out on top when final figures were filed last Monday. This week, 'Date Night' enjoyed a close victory for third place over new comedy 'Death at a Funeral,' ($17.3 million to $17 million). 'Titans' came in fifth with $15.8 million.

The full Top 10:

1. 'Kick-Ass,' $19.8 million (3,065 theaters), new release
2. 'How to Train Your Dragon,' $19.6 million (3,825), $158.2 million total
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