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‘Clash of the Titans’ wins tight box office

"Clash of the Titans" has taken down "Date Night" at the weekend box office after all. With final numbers in from the studios Monday, "Clash of the Titans" retained the No. 1 spot with $26.6 million. "Date Night" debuted in second place with $25.2 million, nearly $2 million less than distributor 20th Century Fox reported a day earlier. On Sunday, Fox estimated that Steve Carell and Tina Fey's come
/ Source: msnbc.com news services

"Clash of the Titans" has taken down "Date Night" at the weekend box office after all.

With final numbers in from the studios Monday, "Clash of the Titans" retained the No. 1 spot with $26.6 million. "Date Night" debuted in second place with $25.2 million, nearly $2 million less than distributor 20th Century Fox reported a day earlier.

On Sunday, Fox estimated that Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy pulled in $27.1 million, about $200,000 more than Warner Bros. reported for Sam Worthington's action hit "Clash of the Titans."

Flip-flops in the box-office rankings are rare, but they occasionally happen because Sunday figures are based on projections that can change when studios release final numbers Monday.

The sales for both films were at the high end of industry forecasts. Pundits had predicted "Date Night" would open in the $23 million-$27 million range, with "Clash" seen earning about $25 million.

‘Date Night’ a true date-night film

Carell ("The Office") and Fey ("30 Rock") star as a suburban couple pursued by crooks in a case of mistaken identity. "Date Night" was directed by Shawn Levy ("Night at the Museum") and generally liked by critics.

Fox, a unit of News Corp., said the $55 million movie skewed to older couples, as expected.

"Clash of the Titans," the latest action film to jump on the lucrative 3D bandwagon in the wake of the success of "Avatar," has earned $110.5 million after its first 10 days. It lost 56 percent of its opening-weekend audience, a slightly smaller drop than pundits had forecast. Warner Bros. is a unit of Time Warner Inc.

Former champion "How to Train Your Dragon" was a close No. 3 with $25.4 million, falling just 13 percent from last weekend. The DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. production has earned $133.9 million after three weekends.

Rounding out the top five were filmmaker Tyler Perry's sequel "Why Did I Get Married Too?" with $11 million, and the Miley Cyrus drama "The Last Song" with $10 million. Both in their second weekends, they have tallied $48.5 million and $42.4 million, respectively.

"Why Did I Get Married Too?" was released by Lionsgate, a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. "The Last Song" was released by Walt Disney Pictures, a unit of Walt Disney Co.