Dragon drops the ball to open poorly in eighth place

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Dragonball Evolution opened in eighth place at the weekend box office, with just an estimated $4.7 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A live-action spinoff of a successful Japanese manga/anime franchise, the PG-rated movie directed by James Wong opened domestically in 2,181 theaters and looks as if it will do most of its business abroad, where it had already taken in more than $25 million before its U.S. release.

Monsters vs. Aliens, meanwhile, continued strong, dipping by only 31 percent in its third weekend of release and taking in $22.6 million, which brought its domestic tally to $141 million.

Knowing was off just 18 percent, dropping to fifth place with $6.7 million, which brought its gross to $68 million.