Oceans knocked Kick-Ass out of first place at the daily box office on Thursday. The nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label opened with $2.47 million. That was 39 percent lower than the $4.02 million Earth Day start of Earth last year, though it should be noted that Oceans opened in 598 fewer locations than Earth did. Oceans earned a per-location average of $2,045, which was slightly lower than the $2,230 per-location average Earth earned on its opening day. Depending on just how much of an Earth Day rush there was for the film yesterday, Oceans is on course for a four-day start in the area of $8 million to $11 million.
Paramount's How to Train Your Dragon remained in second place with $1.22 million. The well received computer animated film was up 11 percent from Wednesday and down only 3 percent from last Thursday. Yesterday's hold for Dragon was especially impressive given the addition of Oceans in the marketplace. How to Train Your Dragon finished in second for the week with $24.38 million, which was down 19 percent from last week. The film's four-week total stands at $162.996 million, leaving it $37 million away from the $200 million domestic mark.
Lionsgate's Kick-Ass was down two spots from Wednesday to finish in third on Thursday with $1.19 million. The R-rated comic book adaptation was down 8 percent from Wednesday, which marked the day's largest daily decline among wide releases. Kick-Ass slightly outpaced Dragon for the week with $25.37 million to finish in first place for the frame. The film's seven-day start was softer than expected, but by no means a disaster either.
Date Night fell one spot and 2 percent from Wednesday to claim fourth place. The comedy from Fox starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey grossed $1.04 million, which was down a solid 34 percent from last Thursday. That suggests that the film will hold up well once again this weekend, even with the addition of The Back-up Plan in the marketplace. Date Night finished in third for the week with $20.92 million and has grossed $52.87 million in two weeks.
Sony's Death at a Funeral rounded out the day's top five with $0.928 million. The R-rated comedy from Screen Gems starring Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence was down 4 percent from Wednesday. For the week, Death at a Funeral finished in fourth place with $20.45 million. That was softer than expected and places the film nearly on par with the $20.24 million seven-day start of 2008's Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins.
Clash of the Titans finished just behind Funeral with a daily take of $0.915 million. Warner's big-budget 3D film was down 5 percent from Wednesday and down 43 percent from last Thursday. Titans finished in fifth place for the week with $19.42 million (meaning that only $5.95 million separated first and fifth place this week). The three-week gross for Clash of the Titans stands at $136.64 million.