The gods are surely pleased with mankind this weekend — the Clash of the Titans remake managed to haul in $61.4 million despite its lack of an awesome golden mechanical owl and grumblings about its post-production 3D conversion. That’s the best-ever Easter opening (beating out, ahem, Scary Movie 4… so I guess the competition wasn’t that stiff) and the second-best April debut of all time (behind last year’s Fast and Furious). The question now is whether the bucks will keep rolling in for CotT, or if poor word of mouth about the shoddy 3D effects will cause a steeper than normal decline in second-week ticket sales. Or maybe some new phenomenon will occur, where people like me who saw it in 3D and liked the story but hated the effects will actually go BACK and see it in 2D, buoying revenues for another week or so. Anyone out there plan to do that, or was seeing it once — in either version — enough clashing for you?
Also making a strong showing this weekend was another new release, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?, with $30.1 million. If it had opened a month earlier, it would’ve beat out Shutter Island (in its second week) for the number one spot with those very same earnings. But I’m sure Mr. Perry isn’t sobbing into his Madea wig (I am aware Madea’s not in this movie, but you know Perry probably keeps that wig close by at all times as a good luck charm of sorts); his sequel made almost $10 million more than the 2007 original.
In third place was last week’s winner, How to Train Your Dragon, which dropped 33% in sales and swooped up another $29.2 million as it soared across the land. In fourth place was the weekend’s third and final new release, The Last Song, which Locke aptly described as the unholy union of Nicholas Sparks and Miley Cyrus. It brought in $16.2 million. And in my opinion, that’s $16.2 million more than what we as a nation should find acceptable. Sorry Miley/Hannah Montana fans, but one day you will learn that Ms. Cyrus is waaay more of a threat to humankind than the Kraken could ever be.
And finally, rounding out the top five was Alice in Wonderland, which poured another $8.2 million into its tea kettle and skipped past the $300 million mark in record time. It was the 12th fastest film to hit that magic number, to be precise.
How will this lineup be affected come Friday when Tina Fey and Steve Carell have their Date Night? Can they bring enough funny to send the gods and demi-gods packin’? I think not. But what do YOU think?