April 12, 2010
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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