'Titans' strong Thursday, but can't slay 'Dragon'

3D film ties with 'Last Song' for second place for the night

Warner Bros.' 3D action fantasy "Clash of the Titans" fetched an estimated $4.2 million from Thursday night and midnight performances in about 3,000 domestic theaters.

The solid but unspectacular start gave it only a share of second place in the daily boxoffice rankings. DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon" registered more than $5 million on Thursday to top the daily boxoffice pecking order and push the Paramount-distributed pic's cume to $63 million through its first seven days.

Disney's Miley Cyrus starrer "The Last Song" also collected $4.2 million in its second day of release. "Song" has rung up $9.3 million since its Wednesday launch, marking a lustier debut than expected for the PG-rated romantic drama.

In most locations, "Titans" played only in 2D because 3D screens in many theaters were unavailable before the weekend. But starting Friday, at least half of its 3,700 weekend engagements will feature the Sam Worthington starrer in 3D on at least one screen.

Warners plans to list most receipts from Thursday night screenings separately from the pic's weekend grosses, though coin from midnight Thursday performances will be included in its Friday tally. "Titans" had been expected to ring up more than $60 million through Sunday, and Warners execs said the Thursday tally bodes well for the weekend.

Warners distribution topper Dan Fellman said the Thursday coin represents "an excellent start" to the frame.

Fellman said "Titans" registered a record $31,000 in Guam, a traditional bellwether market for film releases.

Early reviews have not been kind to the pic. But actioners often shrug off critics brickbats for at least the first session in release.
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