‘Kick-Ass’ Still Leads Close Field

on April 21, 2010 by Daniel Garris

Kick-Ass remained at the top of the box office on Tuesday with $1.49 million. However, the gap between Kick-Ass and the rest of the top five shrunk even more, as the day's fifth place film (Warner's Clash of the Titans) and Kick-Ass were separated by only $0.40 million.

Kick-Ass held up well on Sunday and Monday compared to other wide releases, but experienced one of the day's weaker daily holds on Tuesday, as it was down 5 percent from Monday. Kick-Ass has grossed $22.88 million in its first five days of release. That is a bit below pre-release expectations and places the film 24 percent behind the pace of 2006's V for Vendetta.

Paramount's How to Train Your Dragon remained in second place with $1.21 million. The crowd-pleasing computer animated film from DreamWorks was unchanged from Monday and down only 13 percent from last Tuesday. Dragon continues to hold up especially well thanks to strong word of mouth and continued sales from its 3D engagements. How to Train Your Dragon crossed the $160 million mark yesterday and is in great shape to experience another strong hold this coming weekend.

Death at a Funeral held steady in third with $1.18 million. Sony's R-rated comedy remake starring Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence was up 2 percent from Monday, which represented a respectable daily hold for the day. Death at a Funeral has grossed $18.55 million in five days in theatres and is set to clear the $20 million mark on Thursday. The film is now running 5 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, as the early midweek grosses for Funeral have been stronger than those of Roscoe Jenkins.

Fox's Date Night was up one spot from Monday to take fourth place for the day with $1.11 million. The PG-13 comedy experienced one of the day's stronger daily holds, as it was up 11 percent from Monday. Compared to last Tuesday, Date Night was down 42 percent. Though it opened on the low end of expectations, Date Night has been holding up nicely thus far and should continue to do so in the near future. Date Night topped the $50 million mark yesterday and will reach the $60 million mark over the weekend.

Clash of the Titans was down one spot to round out the day's top five. The 3D fantasy remake grossed $1.09 million, which was up 2 percent from Monday and down 43 percent from last Tuesday. The 19-day domestic gross for the big-budget production stands at $134.76 million. Clash of the Titans is still running 18 percent behind the pace of 2007's 300.

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

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