'Titans' tops weekend boxoffice

9:23 AM PST 04/04/2010 by Carl DiOrio, AP

'Married Too' opens at No. 2 followed by 'Dragon' and 'Song'

Warner Bros.' "Clash of the Titans" marched to a triumphant $61.4 million in weekend boxoffice to the top domestic rankings and seemingly validate the studio's move to convert the action fantasy into 3D imagery.

The Sam Worthington starrer boasts $64.1 million in cumulative boxoffice including Thursday night "preshows" in mostly 2D venues. During the weekend, "Titans" played in 3,777 theaters, including about 1,800 3D locations.

Elsewhere during a robust Easter weekend for moviegoing, Lionsgate bowed Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married Too?" in second place with $30.2 million, the multihyphenate's second-biggest film opening to date.

Disney got a two-day jump on the session with Miley Cyrus starrer "The Last Song," as the romantic drama took in $16.2 million in fourth place during the weekend and $25.6 million since its Wednesday bow; both sums were substantially higher than anticipated.

DreamWorks Animation's 3D animated feature "How to Train Your Dragon" dropped a scant 33% from its week-earlier opening to register $29.2 million in third place. The solid sophomore session pushed cumulative boxoffice for "Dragon" to $92.3 million.

Another second-weekend holdover -- MGM's comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine" -- fell a modest 43% to $8 million in sixth place, with a 10-day cume of $27.8 million. One rung higher, Disney's leggy "Alice in Wonderland" conjured $8.3 million from its fifth frame to push cume for the 3D phenom to $309.8 million.

Collectively, the weekend top 10 rang up $169 million, or 15% more than the comparable session last year, a non-Easter frame, Rentrak said.

In a limited bow, IFC Films unspooled the youthful romantic comedy "Breaking Upwards" in a single New York theater and grossed an encouraging $15,250 ahead of a planned Friday expansion to Los Angeles.

Elsewhere in the specialty market, Focus Features' Ben Stiller starrer "Greenberg" added five locations for a total of 186 in grossing $741,939, or a sturdy $3,989 a site. Its cume climbed to $2.3 million.

Sony Pictures Classics' thriller "Chloe" added 15 playdates for a total of 291 to fetch $385,410, or a thin $1,324 an engagement, to expand its cume to $1.3 million.

Music Box expanded Swedish crime thriller "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" by 43 theaters for a total of 87 and grossed $487,147. That represented a solid $5,598 a venue, with cume hitting $1.5 million.

Anchor Bay Films' drama "City Island" added 19 locations for a total of 26 to gross $143,000, or $5,500 a site. "Island" cume floated to $256,367.

Rated PG-13, "Titans" was co-produced and co-financed by Legendary Pictures.

Directed by Louis Leterrier ("The Incredible Hulk"), the $125 million production was a remake of the 1981 cult classic. Its bow was the biggest to date for an Easter opener, surpassing the $40.2 million debut by 2006's "Scary Movie 4."

Critics mostly panned the pic, and many suggested that its 3D conversion -- a hurried move by the studio just two months before release -- lacked quality. But patron word-of-mouth will be more meaningful as Warners seeks to build on the movie's big bow during coming weeks.

"Titans" drew audiences that were 64% male, with 58% of patrons 25 or older.

"The core audience liked the movie a lot," Warners distribution president Dan Fellman said.

"Titans" originally was set to unspool a week before Easter, but its opening was delayed to allow for the 3D conversion and related tweaks in marketing.

Rated PG-13, "Married Too" attracted audiences 79% female, with 75% of patrons 25 or older. Black moviegoers contributed 80% of the pic's support.

"Tyler did a lot of promotion, and his audience just loves him," Lionsgate distribution boss David Spitz said. "Tyler Perry is the man."

"Married Too" represents Perry's first sequel. Its bow trailed only the $41 million opening of 2009's "Madea Goes to Jail."

"Last Song" gave a first feature-directing credit to TV helmer Julie Anne Robinson. Rated PG, the film drew audiences skewing heavily toward tween females.

"Before the weekend, most people had us in the $17 million-$19 million range for the five days," Disney distribution topper Chuck Viane said. "But the combination of Nicholas Sparks and Miley was great, and the timing with Easter was important, with so many kids out of school."

Looking ahead, one wide opener unspools Friday: Fox's PG-13 comedy "Date Night," starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey.
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