The Box-Office Top Five
#1 “Date Night” ($27.1 million)
#2 “Clash of the Titans” ($26.9 million)
#3 “How to Train Your Dragon” ($25.4 million)
#4 “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too” ($11 million)
#5 “The Last Song” ($10 million)
James Cameron’s “Avatar,” Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and the recently released “Clash of the Titans” from Louis Leterrier have proven the profitability of 3-D film fare over the past several weeks and months, but sometimes, moviegoers just want to laugh. Such was the case over the weekend, as director Shawn Levy’s “Date Night,” the new romantic comedy starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey, debuted in first place over “Clash of the Titans,” the reigning champion from the previous week.
In its first weekend, “Date Night” earned $27.1 million domestically and $7.1 million in foreign markets, for a worldwide total of $34.2 million. While the results for “Date Night” aren’t quite as lucrative as Fox likely hoped for given the movie’s $55 million production budget, the weekend haul was still enough to knock “Titans” back into second place — if only by a thin margin of about $200,000. Still, as “Titans” played in 400 more locations than “Date Night” and had the added advantage of higher ticket costs for 3-D showings, the film’s inability to hang onto the #1 position proved the power of “Date Night.”
Despite the close competition between “Date Night” and “Clash of the Titans,” a third player was in the mix in the form of “How to Train Your Dragon.” The DreamWorks Animation film scored a $25.4 million weekend, a less than $2 million gap from the weekend’s winner. Since its release, “Dragon” has earned $256 million worldwide.
“Why Did I Get Married Too?” and “The Last Song” finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Tyler Perry’s latest suffered a massive 62.4 percent drop from last weekend’s second-place performance. “The Last Song,” meanwhile, has now earned $22.4 million in profits since opening on March 31.
Comic book adaptation “Kick-Ass,” starring Chloe Moretz and Nicolas Cage, makes its hard R-rated debut next weekend. Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence’s “Death at a Funeral” offers a considerably less violent alternative for moviegoers.
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