Tina Fey = $17.4 million opening weekend (for Baby Mama). Steve Carell + car chases = $38.7 million (Get Smart). Add them all together, and you come out somewhere in the middle with $27.1 million and Date Night in the top spot. Bullshit math aside, it was a close call, with estimates for Clash of the Titans coming in around $26.8 million and the third-place How to Train Your Dragon bringing in $25.3 million.
Titans’ second-weekend drop was between 50 and 60 percent, typical for any blockbuster, but Dragon’s 12 percent dip from last week, combined with its remaining grip on upwards of 4,000 screens, suggests that — gasp! — people are actually turning out en masse to see a Good Movie. (Look, given today’s one-weekend-or-bust mentality, it’s heartening to see a little Hollywood film turn into a big fat money and merchandise machine every now and then.)
Why Did I Get Married Too? dropped to fourth with $11 million, The Last Song hung on right behind it with $10 million, Alice in Wonderland raked in an additional $5.6 million, Hot Tub Time Machine sucked in another $5.4 million, The Bounty Hunter got $8.50 from me and $4.3 million from all of us suckers combined (yeah, it blows, big surprise), Diary of a Wimpy Kid held on in ninth with $4.1 million and the latest Christ-tastic grass-roots indie, Letters to God, earned itself $1.2 million in tenth place. And lo, the Lord said, “At least we made our budget back.”