The weekend was the beginning of a relative lull that will last until May 7th, when Iron Man 2 kicks off the summer season. The only other movies to roll out were the Christian family film Letters to God, which ended up with a not-too-inspiring $1.3 million on 900 screens, and the C-grade horror flick The Black Waters of Echo's Pond, which flopped with $250,000 on 400 screens. Despite not getting much traction in its initial 80-screen release, The Runaways expanded to 200, which seems like a waste of money (the local multiplex showing The Runaways here in San Fran ramped it down to two show-times a day this weekend, which shows how much demand there was for an expansion).
Meanwhile, the good word-of-mouth appears to have caught up with How to Train Your Dragon, which dropped merely 12%, and for which $200 million is looking pretty certain.
UPDATE: Deadline claims Date Night's estimates were a little off, giving them about $25.5 million for the weekend, which means Titans (and its $27 million) is the clear winner.
The top 10 after the jump.
1 - Date Night (Fox) - $27.1 ($8,032) - new - $27.1
2 - Clash of the Titans (WB) - $26.9 ($7,069) - 56% - $110.5
3 - How to Train Your Dragon (DW Animation) - $25.4 ($6,326) - 13% - $133.9
4 - Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (Lionsgate) - $11.0 ($5,104) - 62% - $48.5
5 - The Last Song (Disney) - $10.0 ($3,740) - 38% - $42.4
6 - Alice in Wonderland (Disney) - $5.6 ($2,213) - 32% - $319.3
7 - Hot Tub Time Machine (MGM) - $5.4 ($2,080) - 33% - $37.0
8 - The Bounty Hunter (Sony) - $4.3 ($1,482) - 29% - $56.0
9 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Fox) - $4.1 ($1,671) - 23% - $53.8
10 - Letters to God (Vivendi) - $1.3 ($1,394) - new - $1.3
Next week: the R-rated comic book comedy Kick-Ass, and Neil LaBute's remake of Death at a Funeral.