WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1Date Night
2Clash of the Titans
3How to Train Your Dragon
4Why Did I Get Married Too?
5The Last Song
6Alice in Wonderland
7Hot Tub Time Machine
8The Bounty Hunter
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid
10Letters to God

<strong><em>Date Night</em></strong> takes home 27.1 Million for the weekend of April 9, 2010
It was Date Night at the box office this weekend as the new Steve Carell/Tina Fey comedy took the top spot in its opening weekend. The film, directed Night at the Museum's Shawn Levy, premiered in 3,374 theaters and earned $8,032 per theater for a opening weekend gross of around $27.1 million, just about half of it's purported $55 million production budget. Falling 56.1%, as well as one spot back on the charts from last week was the 3D remake of the classic '80s Greek-mythology film Clash of the Titans starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. The film, which actually added 25 theaters from the previous week was seen in roughly 3,802 theaters and earned about $7,069 per theater for a second weekend total of $26.8 million. That brings the films total gross in just two weeks to $110.4 million, just shy of earning back its purported $125 million production budget.

Moving up one spot from last week to number three is the animated film that just won't quit, How to Train Your Dragon starring Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig. Despite loosing 53 theaters from the previous week, the film was still seen in over 4,000 theaters and earned $6,326 per theater for an additional $25.3 million in it's third week. That brings the film's total gross to around $133.8 million, still short of recouping their initial $165 million production budget. Slipping one spot back to number four from last week and falling 62.4% from the previous week 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 earned $5,104 per theater for an additional $11 million this weekend, bringing it's total gross to around $48.5 million in just two weeks, which is quite a profit considering the film's $20 million budget. Rounding off the top five this week is international phenomenon Miley Cyrus's coming of age film, The Last Song, based on the forthcoming novel by Nicholas Sparks author of The Notebook. Although the film dropped 37.5% from the previous week, it still managed to add one new theater for a total of 2,674 and earned $3,740 in each for a total of $10 million in its second week. That brings it's total gross to around $42 million, which is almost double of its $20 million production cost.

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Doing well this week in limited release is the Australian neo-noir thriller, The Square from filmmaking brothers with Joel and Nash Edgerton. The film opened in two theaters yet managed to earn $8,250 per theater for an opening weekend total of $16,500. Also doing well in limited release is The Doors' documentary, When You're Strange, narrated by Johnny Depp. The documentary opened in eight theaters and earned $8,163 in each theater for an opening weekend total of $65,300. Finally, the Imax 3D space documentary Hubble 3D continues to do well in limited release. The movie added one theater this week for a total of 41 and although it did drop 13.9% from the previous week still managed to earn $9,164 per theater for a weekend total of $375,00, which brings the film's total gross to around $2.7 million in just four weeks.

Next weekend will see only two major new films enter into wide release and two into limited release. First up is director Matthew Vaughn's highly anticipated adaptation of PECEWKFIGLp0GJ||Mark Millar}'s extremely popular comic book series, Kick-Ass, starring Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz. Also opening in wide release next week is the remake of the British comedy Death At A Funeral starring an all-star comedy cast that includes Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, James Marsden, Luke Wilson, Zoe Saldana and Columbus Short. In limited release next week we have the black comedy The Joneses starring David Duchovny and Demi Moore as well as the based-on-a-true-story baseball film The Perfect Game starring Clifton Collins Jr. and Cheech Marin. So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!