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Wimpy Kid rules over Sucker Punch

A Wimpy Kid has delivered the Sucker Punch to a band of warrior vixens at the weekend US box office.

The 20th Century Fox family sequel Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules debuted as the number one movie with 24.4 million dollars, according to studio estimates. The girl-power action fantasy Sucker Punch, released by Warner Bros, opened at number two with 19 million.

The previous weekend's top movie, Relativity Media's sci-fi thriller Limitless, slipped to third with 15.2 million dollars, 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 dolars. 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.

The sequel casts wimpy kid Greg (Zachary Gordon) into sibling rivalry and bonding with one of his chief tormentors, older brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick).

Though its main characters are boys, the movie drew family crowds of both sexes, said Fox distribution executive Bert Livingston. The appeal of the story is in the title, he said.

"Wimpy, because every kid knows that feeling. That's why Spider-Man works. Everybody thinks that they could be the outsider who could be Spider-Man," Livingston said.

"I think anyone can associate with that, and I think that's why we got fathers, mothers and young people, male and female."

Sucker Punch, from director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) - with a cast including Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish and Vanessa Hudgens - follows the adventures of a group of young women who escape a mental hospital into a fantasy realm of dragon slaying, samurai combat and battles with zombie soldiers.

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