‘Titans’ Wins Close 3-Way Race

on April 12, 2010 by Daniel Garris

It was a very close three-way race at the box office this weekend with Warner's Clash of the Titans ultimately winning out against Fox's Date Night and Paramount's How to Train Your Dragon. On Sunday, Date Night had been estimated by Fox to win the weekend by a margin of $225,000 over Titans, but Titans ended up topping Date Night by $1.426 million according to studio actuals. Dragon trailed Date Night by only $344,064 for the weekend.

Clash of the Titans grossed $26.63 million in its second weekend of release. While that was good enough for first, it was down a significant 57 percent from last weekend. Recent 3D films have held up well throughout their runs, but Titans is looking as though it will be an exception to that rule. With that said, the fantasy remake has already grossed $110.23 million in ten days domestically. In addition, Clash of the Titans grossed $53.6 million internationally this weekend, which brings the film's international total to $118.7 million. Key international grosses for Clash of the Titans this weekend included $11.8 million from Russia, $7.4 million from France and $6.3 million from Germany.

It was a bit of a mixed bag for Date Night. While the film was unable to break out this weekend, it was still able to open on the low end of expectations with a second place start of $25.21 million. That placed Date Night in between the opening weekend performances of recent date movies Couples Retreat ($34.29 million) and The Bounty Hunter ($20.69 million). The romantic comedy starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey registered the eleventh largest opening weekend on record for the month of April and opened 45 percent stronger than 2008's Baby Mama, which also starred Fey.

Though it finished in third with $24.86 million, this weekend's biggest winner was arguably How to Train Your Dragon. The 3D computer animated film from DreamWorks held up tremendously well, as it was down only 14 percent from last weekend. Family films normally hold up quite well the weekend after Easter, but Dragon took that trend to a new level this weekend. Dragon is being helped greatly by strong word of mouth and continued 3D sales. The film's 17-day gross stands at $133.40 million, which already gives How to Train Your Dragon a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.05 to 1.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? finished in a distant fourth with $11.02 million. After a better than expected start last weekend, the Lionsgate release was down a sharp 62 percent this weekend. That was nearly identical to the 63 percent decline 2008's Meet the Browns experienced in its second weekend of release (which also fell on the weekend after Easter). Married Too is currently running 49 percent ahead of Meet the Browns with a ten-day start of $48.54 million and is on pace to finish its run in the area of $60 million to $65 million.

Disney's The Last Song rounded out the weekend's top five with $9.83 million. The Miley Cyrus vehicle fell 39 percent from last weekend. That was a better hold than was widely expected and represented a much smaller second weekend decline than the 59 percent last year's Hannah Montana: The Movie fell in its second weekend of release. The Last Song has grossed $42.26 million through 12 days of release, which is on the high end of pre-release expectations and is a strong sign for Cyrus's career going forward outside of Hannah Montana.

Tags: The Last Song, Why Did I Get Married Too?, How to Train Your Dragon, Date Night, Clash of the Titans

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