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Weekend Box-Office: April 2-4, 2010

04.04.2010


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Bitch with snakes for hair wins!

The latest film to use 3D as one of its marketing tools was CLASH OF THE TITANS and despite most people agreeing that its "post-3D" surgery wasn't as good as films like AVATAR which utilized the technology during the production, instead of just afterwards, the film still managed to nab the #1 spot at the box-office, and establish a new Easter weekend record, beating SCARY MOVIE 4's opening of $41M back in 2006. It's to note that this was the first time ever that 3 out of the top 5 movies at the box-office were 3D flicks. Looks like theater owners better figure out if this is just a "trend" or if they should be upgrading their presentation halls with the latest technology.

The weekend was big for the 2 other new releases as well, as Tyler Perry continued his awesomeness at the box-office with his sequel WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO bringing in $30M, which was enough for a second place finish this week. It was Perry's 2nd biggest opening ever after MADEA GOES TO JAIL which had generated $41M when it was first released.

The latest Nicholas Sparks drama entitled THE LAST SONG starring Miley Cyrus and her real-life boy-toy also managed a decent start with $16M in its first three days of release. The last film based on a Sparks book entitled DEAR JOHN, had opened with $30M back in February, and ended up grossing close to $80M when all was said and done.

Last week's #1 movie, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, stayed strong despite the 3 new releases, holding on to 3rd place with close to $30M of its own, which in turn raised its total to $92M after only 10 days of release. ALICE IN WONDERLAND also managed to swing by the $300M mark, as it added another $8M to its coffers this past weekend. The film has grossed close to $725M worldwide so far. It currently sits in 28th place on the all-time domestic grossing films.

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE also managed a decent showing in its second week of release, adding another $8M to its total, which is now close to $30M. TIME MACHINE cost about $35M to bring to the big screen. Marty Scorsese's SHUTTER ISLAND is also sticking around the top 10 despite having been released close to 2 months ago now! The film's $123M total is closing in on Scorsese's personal high of $132M for 2006's THE DEPARTED.

The three films to get knocked out of the top 10 this week include GREEN ZONE which only grossed $33M, but apparently cost about $100M to produce, OUR FAMILY WEDDING ($18M) bounced out after only three weeks in the top 10 and REPO MEN ($13M) which sadly, flopped big-time.

Next week sees the release of only one film, DATE NIGHT, starring two of the hottest comedians on TV today, Tina Fey and Steve Carell. What you might not know about the film (I certainly didn't) is that it also co-stars a ton of other names including Mark Wahlberg, Kristen Wiig, Taraji P. Henson, William Fichtner, Common, Leighton Meester, Mark Ruffalo, Mila Kunis and James Franco. I assume they're mostly cameos, but still! That's a fun gang of peeps, yo! This week's poll question revolves around the 3-D phenomenon: What's your take on 3-D movies? VOTE HERE!!!

1. Clash of the Titans $ 61.4 Million
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2. Why Did I Get... $ 30.2 Million
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3. How to Train Your... $ 29.2 Million $ 92.3 Million
4. The Last Song $ 16.2 Million
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5. Alice in Wonderland $ 8.3 Million $ 309.8 Million
6. Hot Tub Time Machine $ 8 Million $ 27.8 Million
7. The Bounty Hunter $ 6.2 Million $ 48.9 Million
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid $ 5.5 Million $ 46.2 Million
9. She's Out of my League $ 1.5 Million $ 28.7 Million
10. Shutter Island $ 1.5 Million $ 123.4 Million

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9:37PM on 04/05/2010

A shame

How To Train Your Dragon still deserves to be #1. Movie was freaking amazing and is up there with the best Pixar has done.
How To Train Your Dragon still deserves to be #1. Movie was freaking amazing and is up there with the best Pixar has done.
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9:50AM on 04/05/2010

Tyler Perry defeated

Finally a horrible tyler perry movie does not get #1 on opening week...thank zeus!
Finally a horrible tyler perry movie does not get #1 on opening week...thank zeus!
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3:40AM on 04/05/2010
Shame on movie audiences! How to Train Your Dragon is easily the best work Dreamworks Animation has done, and yet it is performing weaker than most of their other releases. Meanwhile, Clash of the Titans, a by the numbers Hollywood blockbuster, does better. This is because it was marketed as an event film, and that is all you need to do nowadays, since audiences only seem to care about even films now. Who cares about story and characters? Just make it look cool!

America just shames me when
Shame on movie audiences! How to Train Your Dragon is easily the best work Dreamworks Animation has done, and yet it is performing weaker than most of their other releases. Meanwhile, Clash of the Titans, a by the numbers Hollywood blockbuster, does better. This is because it was marketed as an event film, and that is all you need to do nowadays, since audiences only seem to care about even films now. Who cares about story and characters? Just make it look cool!

America just shames me when it comes to movies.
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2:45AM on 04/05/2010

wanna be a man? yes we get it ..

who the hell wrote Clash OTT?
the hero keeps saying he just wants to be a man like a million times!!
i wanna like this movie, i really do. But this movie just SUCKS balls!
who the hell wrote Clash OTT?
the hero keeps saying he just wants to be a man like a million times!!
i wanna like this movie, i really do. But this movie just SUCKS balls!
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10:49AM on 04/05/2010
Yes! I forgot to add that bit in my comment below. He says it so many times that it makes him sound like a whinny lil' prick. It doesn't come off as "hero with principles" it just screams "stubborn lil' f*ck".
Yes! I forgot to add that bit in my comment below. He says it so many times that it makes him sound like a whinny lil' prick. It doesn't come off as "hero with principles" it just screams "stubborn lil' f*ck".
1:45AM on 04/05/2010
Still haven't seen it cause I didn't have the time, is it worth my $15 bucks? I really want to like this movie.
Still haven't seen it cause I didn't have the time, is it worth my $15 bucks? I really want to like this movie.
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12:46AM on 04/05/2010
Clash Of The Titans sucked. Hades was the only cool thing about it, Ralph did pretty well as lord of the underworld. Sam Worthington has a face made out of stone; there's no effing emotion in there anywhere. And the rest of the cast were just underused. The ending was cheesy and anti-climatic. Clash felt more like a silly videogame than an actual movie.
Clash Of The Titans sucked. Hades was the only cool thing about it, Ralph did pretty well as lord of the underworld. Sam Worthington has a face made out of stone; there's no effing emotion in there anywhere. And the rest of the cast were just underused. The ending was cheesy and anti-climatic. Clash felt more like a silly videogame than an actual movie.
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12:02AM on 04/05/2010
I didnt like the movie despite the fact that I was really looking forward to it. I am glad however it was still a success as I would like to see more films directed by Leterrier and liked the actors that were in the film such as Neeson, Worthington, Fiennes, and Arterton. And I'm glad it beat out Tyler Perry's crap film..
I didnt like the movie despite the fact that I was really looking forward to it. I am glad however it was still a success as I would like to see more films directed by Leterrier and liked the actors that were in the film such as Neeson, Worthington, Fiennes, and Arterton. And I'm glad it beat out Tyler Perry's crap film..
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10:33PM on 04/04/2010
can we discover how much of the clash's profits was from 3-D showings, my uncle wanted to see it so we went and saw it in 2D, The Kracken looks fantastic on it.
can we discover how much of the clash's profits was from 3-D showings, my uncle wanted to see it so we went and saw it in 2D, The Kracken looks fantastic on it.
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8:31PM on 04/04/2010
I saw Clash this weekend with my expectations set at a B-level action/fantasy movie with some cool effects that I'll forget about when I leave the theater. That's what it was and I had a good time. The acting was a bonus.. solid cast.
I saw Clash this weekend with my expectations set at a B-level action/fantasy movie with some cool effects that I'll forget about when I leave the theater. That's what it was and I had a good time. The acting was a bonus.. solid cast.
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6:29PM on 04/04/2010
Good to see Tyler Perry's still hanging in there, and ranking in the dough. Still got it.

Good job for Clash of the Titans and The Last Song as well. Impressed by Dragon's lower than expected drop.
Good to see Tyler Perry's still hanging in there, and ranking in the dough. Still got it.

Good job for Clash of the Titans and The Last Song as well. Impressed by Dragon's lower than expected drop.
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6:14PM on 04/04/2010
Disappointed that Dragon - the movie that's actually good and was actually animated in 3D - is the one that's underperforming while the lousy Clash of The Titans and Alice rake in the dough.
Disappointed that Dragon - the movie that's actually good and was actually animated in 3D - is the one that's underperforming while the lousy Clash of The Titans and Alice rake in the dough.
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7:45PM on 04/04/2010
How is $92M in 10 days considered underperforming ?
How is $92M in 10 days considered underperforming ?
6:11PM on 04/04/2010
I don't think 3D had that big of an impact on Titans gross, its the fact it was easter weekend, 3D still & always will be a gimmick.
I don't think 3D had that big of an impact on Titans gross, its the fact it was easter weekend, 3D still & always will be a gimmick.
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5:46PM on 04/04/2010
Isnt $60M a little weak for a film supposed to get extra cash from 3D showing ? $60M is the minimum I would have expected to see this film gross without the 3D gimmick.
Isnt $60M a little weak for a film supposed to get extra cash from 3D showing ? $60M is the minimum I would have expected to see this film gross without the 3D gimmick.
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10:55PM on 04/04/2010
Not on Easter weekend. Like said it is the highest easter opening ever.
Not on Easter weekend. Like said it is the highest easter opening ever.
10:27AM on 04/05/2010
Just because no movies "people" were looking forward to see were released in past years, doesnt mean Easter week-end has to be weak.
Just because no movies "people" were looking forward to see were released in past years, doesnt mean Easter week-end has to be weak.
5:16PM on 04/04/2010
Good to see a good movie number one at the box office. Also, glad to see Alice in Wonderland and The Hot Tub Time Machine kicking ass. Can't wait to see Date Night, didnt know the cast was that big.
Good to see a good movie number one at the box office. Also, glad to see Alice in Wonderland and The Hot Tub Time Machine kicking ass. Can't wait to see Date Night, didnt know the cast was that big.
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4:53PM on 04/04/2010
Clap! Clap! Clap! not a bad take 1st weekend for "Clash Of The Titans" and glad to see "Alice In Wonderland" is still holding up after so many weeks.
Clap! Clap! Clap! not a bad take 1st weekend for "Clash Of The Titans" and glad to see "Alice In Wonderland" is still holding up after so many weeks.
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1:46AM on 04/05/2010
You have the absolute worst taste in films.
You have the absolute worst taste in films.
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