Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Date Night

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That was one mighty Date Night.

The Steve Carell-Tina Fey comedy rose up against Clash of the Titans to open No. 1 at the weekend box office, per estimates, with $27.1 million.

As things stand now, Titans is an extremely close second, with $26.9 million. But even if Monday's final numbers show the 3-D epic on top, it's unlikely they'll show the film doing anything but dropping like a rock in just its second weekend.

Elsewhere, Miley Cyrus is looking more and more money, while Kristen Stewart's The Runaways is looking more and more like it'll have to wait till Netflix to find an audience. More results:

• The $55 million Date Night is the biggest opener of Fey's still-young film career; for Carell, it's a career best for a film to not feature a big boat (Evan Almighty) or a boatload of action sequences (Get Smart).

The $125 million Clash of the Titans has made good on its budget—thanks to the rest of the world. Domestically, it's at $110.5 million overall.

Ticket sales for Titans were off a steep 56 percent from last weekend. Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? took a 62 percent dive, down to $11 million ($48.5 million overall). By comparison, the three-week-old How to Train Your Dragon ($25.4 million; $133.9 million overall) is a keeper, down only 13 percent.

Cyrus' The Last Song ($10 million) held well, too. After two weekends, the $20 million romantic drama has doubled its budget domestically, hitting $42.4 million overall. And all without Hannah Montana lifting a finger.

In its fourth weekend, Stewart's The Runaways doubled its theater count, but still only grossed a weak $470,029. To date, the $10 million-ish rock biopic has yet to break $2 million domestically. (Now where did we read that this thing was going to outdo Robert Pattinson's Remember Me?)

Here's a rundown of the weekend's top-grossing films Friday-Sunday, per estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:

  1. Date Night, $27.1 million
  2. Clash of the Titans, $26.9 million
  3. How to Train Your Dragon, $25.4 million
  4. Why Did I Get Married Too?, $11 million
  5. The Last Song, $10 million
  6. Alice in Wonderland, $5.6 million
  7. Hot Tub Time Machine, $5.4 million
  8. The Bounty Hunter, $4.3 million
  9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, $4.1 million
  10. Letters to God, $1.1 million

(Originally published April 11, 2010, at 9:47 a.m. PT)


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