Monday, April 12, 2010

'Date Night' dines out atop the box office

Updated on : Monday, April 12, 2010

LOS ANGELES: Tina Fey comedy "Date Night" scraped past the Greek mythology blockbuster "Clash of the Titans" to lead the North American box office this weekend, early industry figures showed Sunday.

The film, also starring "The Office" actor Steve Carell, follows a jaded married couple embroiled in wacky situations and explosive danger after embarking on a rare romantic evening out without their children.

It took in 27.1 million dollars to take the top spot, Exhibitor Relations reported.

Falling from first to second was "Titans," the critically-panned adventure based on the exploits of Perseus and his battles with the serpent-haired Medusa and a fearsome sea monster, which took in 26.9 million dollars in it's second week.

The animated adventure "How to Train Your Dragon" was in third place, pulling in 25.3 million dollars, while the African-American melodrama "Why Did I Get Married Too?" by writer, director, and actor Tyler Perry, came in a distant fourth with 11 million dollars in receipts.

"The Last Song," a romantic teen-targeted Miley Cyrus flick, fell to fifth place in its second week in theaters with 10 million dollars in ticket sales.

Sixth place went to the live-action version of Lewis Carroll's classic "Alice in Wonderland" starring Johnny Depp, which has earned nearly 319 million total, including 5.6 million dollars this weekend.

The 3-D wizardry kept time-bending jacuzzi users at bay for another week, with the R-rated comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine" earning 5.4 million dollars for seventh place.

That put it ahead of "The Bounty Hunter," a comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, which came in eighth with a 4.3 million-dollar take, and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," an adaptation of the Jeff Kinney cartoon novels, which slipped a spot to ninth place with 4.1 million dollars.

"Letters to God," which debuted at number 10 with 1.2 million dollars, follows the inspiring story of a young boy battling brain cancer.

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