Titans and Date Night do battle
Sam Worthington's Clash Of The Titans and Tina Fey's new movie Date Night are locked in a battle at the US box office.
No 1 bragging rights for the weekend were too close to call on Sunday, with 20th Century Fox estimating a 27.1 million dollar debut for Date Night, which also stars Steve Carell, and Warner Bros reporting the action tale Clash Of The Titans at 26.9 million.
Rankings will be sorted out today (Monday) when studios release final numbers, which can vary by a million dollars or more for some films compared with Sunday estimates.
Warner executives said they tracked Clash as No 1 for a second straight weekend, with Date Night trailing by about a million.
"I'm not complaining about it," said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner. "They're certainly entitled to their own projection, and we'll see. Maybe they're right and we're wrong. Monday will tell."
Photo finishes are rare for the No 1 spot at the box office, where one movie is usually the clear winner.
Weekend projections include fairly hard figures for Friday and Saturday but estimates for how much a movie will take in on Sunday. Studios base those estimates on such factors as how similar movies performed in past weekends.
Running a close third was DreamWorks Animation's How To Train Your Dragon, which took in 25.4 million dollars, lifting its 17-day total to 133.9 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday to Sunday at US and Canadian theatres are according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released on Monday.