Date Night almost made it to number 1 (Sunday estimates had it first with 0.2 million more than Clash of the Titans) but in the end it was a repeat in first place for this remake of the 1980’s classic Perseus story.
Clash of the Titans managed a decent 56.5% drop among similar movies in the past with $26.6 million (300 had a 53.6% drop and $129.1 million after 10 days compared to $110.2 million for Clash). I did see the movie over the weekend and I got exactly what I was expecting out of it, some people didn’t so word-of-mouth (what you hear from other people about the film) is not that great for Clash of the Titans but I can still see it finishing around $160 million in North America, good for the $125 million budget when we take into account the worldwide box office that should lead to at least $350 million before the movie leaves theaters.
On the other hand I don’t think Fox are too happy about Date Night, only a $25.2 million debut for a movie that (according to some) was tracking higher and cost the studio $55 million (higher than it should for this type of movie). I don’t know if this can make back money for Fox at the box office, they will probably have to wait for the DVD release to get some of that green paper back.
How to Train Your Dragon is showing exactly the kind of box office legs I was talking about in my past reports, the kind that show people have embraced what is (for me at least) the best animated movie that has come from DreamWorks Animation so far (and this coming from a Shrek 1/2 and Kung Fu Panda fan). Dragon will give Pixar a run for their money next year at the Oscars with this gem. Anyway, back to the box office, only a 14.3% drop from last weekend and $133.4 million so far. With Shrek 4 still far away (so no competition) I’m pretty sure How to Train Your Dragon is headed to the $200 million club and hopefully will get a sequel based on the second book in the series (How to Be a Pirate).
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? is exactly as expected, 62.4% drop, $11 million, $48.5 total on a 20 million budget. Tyler Perry is the man when it comes to making profitable movies, enough said.
The Last Song is surprisingly strong yet again in 5th place with $9.8 million and $42.2 million total. Will finish high among Nicholas Sparks adaptations. Nice box office teethes you got there Miley Cyrus.
Hot Tub Time Machine and Alice in Wonderland are in 6th and 7th place dropping slowly. Alice now stands at $319 million in the US and more then $780 million worldwide, damn, with Prince of Persia, Toy Story 3 and Tron Legacy all coming out this year, Disney is sure to have one of the best years ever at the box office.
The Bounty Hunter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid just can’t stand away from each other for a 4th consecutive weekend (Wimpy was above Hunter only once, opening weekend) and both look like good hits for their studios, $55.9 million for The Bounty Hunter and $53.6 million for Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
And finally Letters to God debuting in 897 theaters reached the 10th spot with $1.1 million.
Next week we have Death at a Funeral and Kick Ass, but mostly Kick Ass. Not hard to guess who will Kick Ass at the box office next weekend.