Kick-Ass’ Leads Monday’s Pack

on April 20, 2010 by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's Kick-Ass led Monday's daily box office with $1.56 million. The top five films at the box office remained in close proximity to one another, as Kick-Ass and yesterday's fifth place film (Fox's Date Night) were separated by $0.56 million for the day. Kick-Ass was down 69 percent from Sunday, marking the second day in a row that the film held up relatively well. However, the R-rated comic book adaptation will face an onslaught of new competition over the next few weeks in the form of The Losers, A Nightmare on Elm Street and of course Iron Man 2. Kick-Ass has grossed $21.39 million in four days, which is a bit soft compared to pre-release expectations.

How to Train Your Dragon remained strong with a second place finish of $1.21 million. The 3D computer animated film from Paramount and DreamWorks was down 80 percent from Sunday and down a very slim 13 percent from last Monday. The film's holding power remains exceptional and is showing no signs of weakening anytime soon. How to Train Your Dragon has grossed $159.46 million in 25 days, which already gives the film a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.65 to 1. For its entire run, last year's Monsters vs. Aliens registered a ratio of 3.34 to 1.

Sony's Death at a Funeral was up one spot from its fourth place debut over the weekend to claim third place on Monday. The R-rated comedy starring Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence grossed $1.15 million, which was down 72 percent from Sunday. The film's four-day start stands at $17.37 million, placing it 2 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. Like Kick-Ass, Death at a Funeral is also performing softer than expected so far, though it should be noted that both films carry very modest price tags for high-profile releases.

Clash of the Titans placed in fourth with $1.07 million. The big-budget 3D fantasy remake from Warner Bros. was down 75 percent from Sunday and down a respectable 44 percent from last Monday. Clash of the Titans has grossed $133.67 million through 18 days, placing it 18 percent behind the pace of 2007's 300. Though it is falling off fairly quickly for a 3D release domestically, Titans is holding up better internationally and now boasts a worldwide gross of $323.4 million.

Date Night rounded out the day's top five with $1.00 million. The PG-13 comedy starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey was down 72 percent from Sunday and down two spots from its third place finish over the weekend. The film was down 42 percent from last Monday. Given its appeal to date night crowds, Date Night will likely continue to lose more momentum than usual during the midweek, while picking back up greatly on Fridays and Saturdays. Date Night will cross the $50 million mark today.

Tags: Date Night, Clash of the Titans, Death at a Funeral (2010), How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass

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