Action flicks done up blockbuster style don't always have to cost an insane fortune. For example, this weekend's number one winner and special effects bonanza Clash of the Titans was made on a seemingly impossible $125 million budget. And it's a good thing too. It didn't do major business on its first weekend out.
The $64 million which the epic remake banked is nothing to sneeze at, but it's an unimpressive showing for such a majorly hyped release, especially one rolled out in 3D with that formats higher ticket prices. Compare that to Alice In Wonderland which opened back in March at over $100 million. Perhaps 3D isn't the magic bullet Hollywood had been hoping it would be after all.
Still, the $64 million is the biggest ever Easter weekend opening on record and this weekend was the largest ever for the month.
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? fared better, earning $30 million against its simple $20 million budget. That opening is the second highest on record for a Perry project following Madea Goest To Jail which took in $40 million its first weekend last year.
The second Nicholas Sparks book to be released as a movie this year made a mediocre splash. Teen summer love flick turned sappy tragedy The Last Song only banked $16 million despite the presence of lead actress Miley Cyrus. Her last film, a Hannah Montana project, made nearly twice that amount on its first weekend.
For the full weekend totals check out the chart below: