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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 04/ 5/2010

Weekend box office: A 'Titans' triumph

By Jen Chaney

Don't my armor-plated abs look awesome in 3D? (Warner Bros.)

To the surprise of absolutely no one, "Clash of the Titans" landed in the top spot at the weekend box office, earning $61.4 million. Add in the money generated from Thursday night's early screenings and the domestic total comes to $64.1 million, which, for the record, is over $20 million more than the 1981 "Titans" made during its entire theatrical run. Granted, that was back in the early '80s, when the average ticket cost $2.78. But still.

Other nuggets from this week's box office results:

Audiences don't care if their 3D is retrofitted: Film critics -- not to mention James Cameron -- didn't think much of the 3D effects in "Titans," which were added to the film in post-production. But guess what, America? You don't care. More than half -- 52 percent, to be precise -- of the "Clash" business came from 3D ticket sales, according to the Associated Press.

People love their Tyler Perry: The latest from the writer/producer/director/actor/Madea, "Why Did I Get Married Too?," marked Perry's second-strongest opening of all time, with $30.2 million. The biggest? That's still "Madea Goes to Jail," which earned $41 million its first weekend out.

A decent start for Miley : Can Miley Cyrus become a movie star? The jury's still out, but she did okay with "The Last Song." Since it opened last Wednesday, the Nicholas Sparks sap-o-rama has earned $25.5 million. The production budget was just $20 million, so it has already more than made its money back.

A good month for Jay Baruchel: The likably scrawny actor provides the voice of Hiccup in "How to Train Your Dragon," which has raked in $92 million so far. (Did I mention that's also in theaters in 3D?) And while no one was paying attention, his other March release, "She's Out of My League," turned a tidy profit. It cost $20 million to make and has collected $28.6 million so far.

Will "Titans" continue its dominance next weekend? Or will a nice married couple -- namely Steve Carell and Tina Fey -- defeat the Kraken? Vote below and let us know.

By Jen Chaney  | April 5, 2010; 10:28 AM ET
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Just because I can't stand Miley Cyrus, I am compelled to point out that grossing $25 million on a $20 million production budget doesn't remotely qualify as "more than made its money back" -- distribution and marketing costs put break even somewhere in the $35-40 million vicinity. That said, it'll probably get there based on TTT fangirls.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | April 5, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I, too, wish to express my distaste for Miley is because of her that Clash of the Titans was a terrible, terrible movie no matter how many Ds you retroactively throw in. Simply awful. I would rather hear George Bush try to explain molecular theory than even watch the trailer.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | April 5, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

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