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April 12, 2010

Buckland's Box Office Take

Posted: 06:24 PM ET

CAROL BUCKLAND IS OUR LKL EDITORIAL PRODUCER, BUT SHE USED TO REVIEW MOVIES FOR CNN.   THUS, HER AT TIMES WITTY, SARCASTIC, OR BEFUDDLED TAKE ON THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE RECEIPTS SHOULD BECOME A POPULAR STAPLE ON THE LKL BLOG.

1 - “Date Night” narrowly wooed its way to the top of the box office heap in its debut weekend. This romantic comedy stars “30 Rock’s” Tina Fey and “The Office’s” Steve Carrell as a married couple embroiled in a series of mistaken identity misadventures. “Date Night” combines verbal wit with slapstick and showcases some charmingly offbeat chemistry between Fey and Carell. (Would Liz Lemon ever date Michael Scott? Discuss among yourselves.)  Take: $27.1 million.

2 - Slipping down to the second spot (just barely), is “Clash of the Titans” – the sword and sandals epic starring “Avatar’s” Sam Worthington. While satisfyingly cheesy, this remake lacks the glorious tackiness of the 1981 original, which featured the special effects wizardly of the legendary Ray Harryhausen and a roster of A-list British thespians emoting around Mount Olympus as a variety of gods and goddesses. It also owes a big chunk of its box office muscle to the higher ticket prices charged by 3-D theaters.   Take: $26.9 million.

3 - Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon” finished third. This 3-D animated features showcases solid voice work by Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera and others as well as some high-flying, thrill-laden adventure scenes. It also features character names (Hiccup, Gobber, Snotlout and Fishlegs) that will keep kids snickering.  Take: $25.4 million.

4 - In fourth place, “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too.” While it’s not Perry’s strongest screen effort (and doesn’t include his drag alter ego Madea), it is a dependable piece of work that clearly appeals to his core audience.  Take: $11.0 million.

5 - Finishing in fifth – “The Last Song,” starring Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and Greg Kinnear. It’s based on the sort of sweet, sort of sudsy Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name. For those who keep track of such things, Miley and Liam are an item off-screen as well as on.  Take: $10.0 million.

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Smith360   April 12th, 2010 6:30 pm ET

It is very difficult not to totally admire the acting ability of Tina Fey and nearly any movie, show or skit in which she plays a role.

Thanks Carol Buckland for all the good work you do here at LKL, and hat's off to Tina Fey on her newest released movie role on Date Night.


Chris   April 12th, 2010 6:43 pm ET

@Smith360,
Why did you change your name? Tell the truth now, you wouldn't even know who she was had she not played your favorite lady on SNL.


Janet Dalgleish   April 12th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

You and the other news casts are missing the point with the child who's mother sent him back to Russia. No one has asked if the state of Tennesee has any truely effective mental health programs for children with severe and persistent mental illnesses. I adopted a child from India in 1988. Today my lovely caring and gentle child is 21 and is managing her mental illness with grace and lots of support.

I am well educated and persistent, but it took me 9 years of persistently asking questions trying out various resources before I found a social worker who recognized that we were a family in deep distress and recommended an in home therapist who was sent by an angel. She was tough, kind, and she did not blame me for not knowing what to do next. We became a team and solved problems one day at a time. She was also available to help me 24/7 for the moments when I just had no idea what to do. I was also connected to the medicaid system for children with disabilities. Medicaid provided my daughter with 15 hours a week with personal care attendants, who assist my child with bathing, relaxation exercises, and activities to keep my daughter more stable.

The personal care attendents are being cut with the state budget, she can get admitted to the hospital when needed. (as a child she had to be actively violent or dying from drug overdoses). I expect that the decrease in PCA hours will result in costly hospitalizations as she destabilizes but that is not too important to the budget keepers.

If I had not found help after my child tried to stab me and then tried to stop her pain by taking a handfull of every over the counter medication in the house, I am not sure what would have eventually happened.

Stop judging this mother who may not found any resources.

It is still tough to find medical helpl for mentally ill children.

Mom in Minneapolis, MN


Joe   April 12th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

The list here is in error. It's been widely reported that CLASH is #1 for a second week, taking in between $1 and $2 million more than the Fey/Carrell sitcom.


Jason   July 28th, 2010 11:42 pm ET

Tina Fey is a brillaint writer. Good analogy on the films.

I just acquired boxofficetake. Looking to get it up and running soon.

Cool article.


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