WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1Clash of the Titans
2Why Did I Get Married Too?
3How to Train Your Dragon
4The Last Song
5Alice in Wonderland
6Hot Tub Time Machine
7The Bounty Hunter
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid
9She's Out of My League
10Shutter Island

<strong><em>Clash of the Titans</em></strong> takes home 61.4 Million for the weekend of April 2, 2010
To no one's surprise, the big budget, 3D remake of the classic '80s Greek-mythology film Clash of the Titans waged war on the box office this holiday weekend and destroyed its competition earning an impressive $61.4 million in its debut. The film, which stars Avatar's Sam Worthington as the demigod Perseus and actors Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes as the Gods Zeus and Hades, respectively, was seen in 3,777 theaters and made $16,256 per theater, earning back a little more than half of the it's purported production cost in it's opening weekend. Also performing quite well in its opening weekend was the sequel to Tyler Perry's 2007 hit film Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too? starring the popular filmmaker, Janet Jackson and Jill Scott. The film was seen in 2,155 theaters and grossed $13,991 per theater, making back the film's $20 million production cost and earning roughly a $10 million profit in its opening weekend.

Last week's number one film, DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon fell two spots to number three this week, dropping 33.2% from the week before, even though it was added in five new theaters. The film, which is a re-imagining of the "Vikings vs. Dragons" legend and stars the voices of Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig was seen in 4,060 theaters and earned $7,192 per theater for a total of $29 million in its second week. That brings the film's total gross so far to around $92.3 million, which is still quite shy of the movie's $165 million production budget. Debuting at number four this week is teen-pop phenomenon Miley Cyrus making her dramatic film debut in the coming of age movie The Last Song, based on the forthcoming novel by Nicholas Sparks, author of The Notebook. The movie, which was seen in 2,763 theaters made $6,062 per theater for an opening weekend total of roughly $25.5 million, earning a nice profit based on its $20 million production budget. Rounding out the top five this week is Tim Burton's highly successful re-imagining of the Walt Disney classic Alice in Wonderland starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Michael Sheen, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Christopher Lee, Stephen Fry and Crispin Glover. The film, which dropped 53.3% from the previous week and lost 404 of the theaters that it had been showing in, still managed to make $2,774 in each of its 2,980 theaters earning another $8.2 million this weekend. That brings the film's total gross to around $309.7 million, well over its purported $200 million production budget, in just five weeks on the charts.

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Doing well this week in limited release is the romantic comedy Breaking Upwards, a film by actor/filmmaker Daryl Wein and co-starring Julie White (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) and Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). The IFC film, which only opened in one theater over the weekend managed to make $15,300 on its one screen. Also doing very well again this week was the Imax 3D space documentary Hubble 3D. The film, which went up 9.4% this week from last week, added one more theater for a total of 40, earning an average of $10,450 per theater, bringing it's weekend total to $418,000 and it's total gross in just three weeks to roughly $1.9 million. Finally, continuing to perform nicely in limited release is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the Swedish film based on the internationally popular books. In fact, it was just announced this week that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button director, David Fincher, will soon be directing a remake of the film for Sony pictures. The movie went up an impressive 42.6% from last week, adding 43 new theaters for a total of 87. The film earned $6,062 in each of its theaters for a weekend total of $487,000, bringing it's total gross to around $1.47 million in just three weeks.

Next weekend will see only two major new films enter into wide release and two into limited release. First up is Night at the Museum director, Shawn Levy's new comedy Date Night about a married couples doomed "night out on the town" starring Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco and Kristen Wiig. Also opening next week in the psychological thriller, After.Life, starring actors Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci and Justin Long. Opening in limited release is the supernatural thriller, Shelter, starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers and the historical action film Warlords starring Jet Li. So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week and from all of your friends at Movieweb half a safe and fun holiday weekend!