Warner's Clash of the Titans got a head start on the weekend with an estimated $4.2 million gross on Thursday night. The highly anticipated remake of the 1981 film opened at 8 PM last night and is expected to have a huge opening day performance today. The film's $4.2 million start also includes grosses from midnight screenings, as Warner Bros. has not released an official break-down of the figure at this point. BOXOFFICE.com is currently estimating that $3.2 million of last night's figure was earned on Thursday, which was good enough for third place for the entire day. Check back throughout the weekend for box office updates on the film.
Paramount's How to Train Your Dragon returned to the top of the daily box office on Thursday with $5.24 million. The computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation was up 16 percent from Wednesday. How to Train Your Dragon has led the daily box office for six of the past seven days and was easily the week's top film with an opening week gross of $63.13 million. Dragon is currently running 13 percent behind the pace of last year's Monsters vs. Aliens and 3 percent ahead of 2008's Horton Hears A Who! How to Train Your Dragon is set to hold up well over Easter weekend, but will finish a distant second to Clash of the Titans.
After debuting in first place on Wednesday, Disney's The Last Song slid one spot to finish in second on Thursday. The Miley Cyrus vehicle grossed $4.26 million for the day, which was down a reasonable 17 percent from Wednesday. The Last Song has grossed $9.39 million in two days of release, representing a very solid start for the film. The Last Song should experience a big increase today from Good Friday business, but could start to fall off quickly as soon as Saturday. With that in mind, The Last Song is currently on pace for a five-day start in the area of $25 million to $29 million.
In other box office news, Disney's Alice in Wonderland reached the $300 million domestic mark yesterday. The Tim Burton directed film starring Johnny Depp reached the milestone in only 28 days of release. The accomplishment is especially impressive given that Alice in Wonderland opened during the Spring box office season as opposed to either the Summer or Holiday seasons. Alice in Wonderland grossed $2.07 million for the day, which was up 8 percent from Wednesday and ranked the film in fourth for the day.
Hot Tub Time Machine rounded out the day's top five with $1.42 million. The R-rated comedy from MGM was up only 5 percent from Wednesday, as the film is already taking a hit from Clash of the Titans. While Hot Tub Time Machine wasn't a total disappointment this week, the film's seven-day start of $19.84 million was below pre-release expectations. On top of that, Hot Tub didn't hold up especially well during the midweek.