SUNDAY AM: Sources have given me the following preliminary numbers for domestic grosses Friday, Saturday, and Easter weekend for the Top 3 movies:
1. Clash Of The Titans from Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures debuted to $26.3M Friday and $21.5M Saturday from 3,777 theaters. Either the NCAA Final Four, or poor word of mouth, appears to have accounted for the downturn. The studio now says it made $2.6M from Thursday night’s 8 PM and 10 PM showings, and another $1.6M from midnight plays which counted towards Friday’s total. Including Sunday’s estimate, that’s a 3.5 day cume of $64M, or $61.4M for a record Easter weekend helped by higher 3D ticket prices. (The previous best was 2006’s 2D Scary Movie 4 which opened to $40M.) Warner Bros said 52% of audiences saw the film in 3D. Clash debuted day and date in 15 international markets and generated a big $44.2M with 7,900 admissions from 4,240 screens. The 3D screens grossed $24.3M from 1,270 screens (55% of total box office from 30% of total screens).
2. Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too for Lionsgate reached $30.1M this weekend after taking in $12.3M Friday and $10.6M Saturday from 2,155 runs. It’s the 2nd biggest Tyler Perry opening out of the nine films he’s released (behind Madea Goes To Jail‘s $41M).
3. DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon distributed by Paramount took in $11.1M Friday and $11.1M Saturday for $29.2M this weekend (-33%) from 4,060 locations. IMAX accounted for $3.6M (or 12.5%) of this weekend’s gross, leaving no theaters for Clash. That’s a new cume of $92.3M.
4. Disney’s Miley Cyrus starrer The Last Song from the Nicholas Sparks novel opened to $7.1M Friday and $5.9M Saturday from 2,673 plays and reached $16.2M this weekend with a $25.6M five-day cume after Sunday.
5. Disney’s 3D Alice In Wonderland from Tim Burton starts its 5th weekend with $3M Friday and $3.1M Saturday from 2,980 venues and an $8.2M weekend and $309.7M cume. With $422.3M international, the worldwide total is now $732.1M.
6. Hot Tub Time Machine (MGM/UA) Week 2 [2,771 Theaters] Friday $2.9M, Saturday $3M, Weekend $8M (-43%), Cume $27.8M
7. The Bounty Hunter (Sony) Week 3 [3,118 Theaters] Friday $2.4M, Saturday $2.3M, Weekend $6.2M, Cume $48.9M
8. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (Fox) Week 3 [2,842 Theaters] Friday $2.3M, Saturday$1.8M, Weekend $5.5M, Cume $46.2M
9. She’s Out Of My League (Paramount) Week 4 [1,390 Theaters] Friday $552K, Saturday $562M, Weekend $1.4M, Cume $28.6M
10. Shutter Island (Paramount) Week 7 [1,356 Theaters] Friday $530K, Saturday $583K, Weekend $1.4M, Cume $123.4M
FRIDAY 6 PM: Sources telling me Clash Of The Titans already looking to make $25M-$30M today.
FRIDAY NOON: The Warner Bros blockbuster co-produced and co-financed by Legendary Pictures is off to an impressive 3 1/2-day Easter Weekend after playing 8 PM and 10 PM in 3,004 locations Thursday night. Clash Of The Titans is certain to record the biggest Easter weekend ever helped by higher 3D ticket prices (2006’s 2D Scary Movie 4 did $40M) given that Hollywood is estimating that Clash will finish Sunday with a cume of $70M from 3,777 theaters, or $65M for just the 3-day holiday weekend. (Warner Bros, of course, is trying to manage expectations with an estimate of $55M.) Despite the crowded 3D box office, Warner Bros eked out 1,810 3D screens, but no IMAX screens since those had been committed 2 years ago to DreamWorks Animation/Paramount. The Sam Worthington starrer was originally a 2D film set for release last weekend. But then it was upped to 3D and pushed back a week.
This weekend’s expected huge debut follows a memorable marketing campaign including trailers and TV ads that camped up Clash‘s 3D-special effects and plot and characters. Best was Liam Neeson, dressed like the 5th member of Kiss, staring into the camera and shouting, “Release The Kraken” — which already has become a pop culture catchphrase in recent weeks. (One reviewer hoped the snarling gruesome beast gets a Best Supporting Actor nod next year…)
The rest of this weekend’s Top 4 movies — Miley Cyrus’ The Last Song for Disney, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too for Lionsgate, and 3D holdover How To Train Your Dragon which still needs to make up last weekend’s disappointing debut — should finish Easter weekend with cumes in the $20M-$25M range. Meanwhile Tim Burton’s 3D Alice In Wonderland for Disney should finish its 5th weekend with a strong $10M.
Based on yet another Nicholas Sparks novel (The Notebook, Dear John) with the good fortune to be a Miley Cyrus vehicle, Disney’s The Last Song opened Wednesday in 2,673 locations with $5.1M and its current cume is $9.3M. Disney is managing expectations with a low $20sM estimate by Sunday. “Miley is unpredictable [in movies],” an insider tells me. “Disney. Adam Shankman. Everyone is on the edge of their seats. They moved this movie to Wednesday from Friday when Clash Of The Titans moved on to the weekend.” Co-star Liam Hemsworth is one of the hunky Australian brothers (EXCLUSIVE: Chris Hemsworth Is ‘Thor’) whose overnight success is one of those great Hollywood backstories that happens only once in a blue moon. Liam had only been in Los Angeles for 3 weeks and didn’t even have an agent when he got cast as the male lead opposite Miley. Both brothers were living in their manager William Ward’s guest house at the time. No more. Liam just got cast in Arabian Nights.
Lionsgate releases Tyler Perry’s sequel Why Did I Get Married Too for 2,155 runs. The October 2007 original grossed $55.2M domestic, including a $21.3M opening weekend. The fact this new one also stars Janet Jackson (whose first Oprah Winfrey Show appearance since Michael’s death airs today) will help it at the crowded box office. Expect a $23M Easter weekend.