Weekly Report: 'Clash' Narrowly Clings to Lead

by Ray Subers
Clash of the Titans

April 16, 2010

Though it tumbled a steep 59 percent, Clash of the Titans led the box office for the second week in a row with $33.6 million. Date Night wasn't far behind, tallying $31.9 million in its first week, while How to Train Your Dragon dropped 34 percent to $30.1 million. Overall box office was down 12 percent from the same time frame last year, when Hannah Montana The Movie led with $43.5 million.

Clash of the Titan's fall was bigger than 300's 53 percent, and after two weeks Clash has made $117.2 million to 300's $141.8 million. At this point, it's highly unlikely that Clash comes anywhere close to $200 million, which is somewhat disappointing considering its 3D-inflated ticket prices and 300-inspired marketing. Clash did reach a milestone this week, though, passing the $100 million mark on Saturday, its ninth day of release.

Similar to the weekend, Date Night played runner-up to Clash each day during the week. The action comedy starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey is playing ahead of similar titles The Bounty Hunter and Did You Hear About the Morgans?, which collected $26.4 and $10.6 million through their first weeks, respectively.

For the second week in a row, How to Train Your Dragon had the best hold of any nationwide release, though its 34 percent week-to-week drop was more severe than its 14 percent weekend dip. This is mainly attributable to the Easter holiday boosting mid-week numbers last week: Dragon's Monday-Thursday grosses were down 68 percent. Through three weeks, Dragons sits at $138.6 million, off $11 million from Monsters Vs. Aliens at the same point last year.

In fourth place, Why Did I Get Married Too? plummeted 65 percent to $13.2 million, bringing its two-week total to $50.7 million. This is much steeper than Why Did I Get Married?'s 45 percent second week decline, though the sequel will easily pass the original's final tally next weekend to become Tyler Perry's third highest-grossing movie ever.

The Last Song rounded out the Top Five, down 49 percent to $11.8 million, which represents a much better hold than Hannah Montana The Movie's 64 percent second week drop last year. The Last Song has grossed $44.2 million through its first two and a half weeks in theaters, lagging behind similar titles Hannah Montana and Dear John.

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