It’s a battle of the genres at the box office this weekend. What will prevail? Comedy or action? As of Saturday morning it looked like the Tina Fey and Steve Carrell’s Date Night won Friday night, with estimators predicting it grossed in the $9 million range. The 3-D swords-and-sandals epic Clash of the Titans grossed a bit over $8 million on Friday. How each film plays for the rest of the weekend is still up for grabs, with different box office experts using different models for the three-day frame. Either way, both should gross in the mid-to-high $20s for the weekend, with Clash expected to fall over 60 percent for the frame. That drop is only going to add fuel to Jeffrey Katzenberg’s fire considering the Dreamworks Animation chief sounded off Friday on Clash’s last-minute conversion to 3-D. Also helping Katzenberg’s argument is the fact that his animated flick How to Train Your Dragon seems to be holding in well its third weekend in theaters. The film is likely to fall in the 35-40 percent range for the weekend, with Friday’s number coming in at around $7 million.
Fourth and fifth place will also be a horse-race, with both Disney’s Miley Cyrus-starrer The Last Song and Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too grossing around $3.5 million Friday. Last Song may drop around 50 percent, while Married is expected to fall a steep 70 percent. Tune in tomorrow for a full report.