"Wimpy Kid" rules weekend box offices

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Posted: Mar 27, 2011 12:21 PM
"Wimpy Kid" rules weekend box offices

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Family comedy "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" outmuscled action flick "Sucker Punch" to claim the weekend box office crown in North America with $24.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

"Wimpy Kid," based on the successful books about a boy in middle school, easily knocked down "Sucker Punch," which claimed the No. 2 spot with $19 million.

Rounding out the top 3 at $15.2 million was thriller "Limitless," starring Bradley Cooper as a man who takes a drug that increases his brain capacity.

"Wimpy Kid" was released by 20th Century Fox film studio, a unit of News Corp. "Sucker Punch" was distributed by Warner Bros. movie studio, part of Time Warner Inc, and "Limitless" was released by privately held Relativity Media.

(Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Sandra Maler))