The Wimpy Kid sequel scored $28.2 million, which was ahead of its predecessors' $25.8 million opening week from last March. Rodrick Rules also held up slightly better than the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid during the Monday to Thursday period, though not by a wide enough margin to indicate any sort of word-of-mouth advantage. In just seven days, Rodrick Rules has made more than the entire runs of similar live-action children's book adaptations Ramona and Beezus and Nancy Drew.
Sucker Punch debuted to $23.8 million, which was less than any of director Zach Snyder's previous live-action movies, including the Dawn of the Dead remake. It was also a bit off from Kick-Ass, though it was a major improvement over Scott Pilgrim vs. the World among Comic-Con oriented fare.
Limitless eased a light 23 percent to $20.1 million. While it finished third for the week, it actually moved ahead of the new releases to occupy the top spot from Tuesday to Thursday. Compared to recent adult-leaning thrillers, the movie's $46.2 million two-week total was a tad better than The Adjustment Bureau and about even with Unknown.
The Lincoln Lawyer held even better than Limitless, dipping 19 percent to $14.6 million. In two weeks, the Matthew McConaughey drama has earned $32.6 million.
Rango rounded out the Top Five with another solid week, falling 35 percent to $12.7 million. With a $109.2 million total, the movie technically ranks as the fourth highest-grossing Western on record behind Dances with Wolves, True Grit and Wild Wild West.
Defying genre expectations a bit, Paul fell a solid 39 percent to $10.5 million in its second week. Its $27.6 million total isn't exciting, but it has topped Hot Fuzz to become Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's top-grossing collaboration.