'Clash' fights off 'Date Night' to top box office

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Greek mythology film "Clash of the Titans" edged out the Tina Fey comedy "Date Night" for the top North American box office spot, final figures showed Monday, in a rare switch on a highly competitive weekend.

After coming in second on Sunday according to preliminary figures, the critically panned "Clash" - based on the exploits of Perseus and his battles with the serpent-haired Medusa and a fearsome sea monster - beat off contenders with 26.3 million dollars in ticket sales, Exhibitor Relations reported.

"Date Night," also starring "The Office" actor Steve Carell, follows a jaded married couple embroiled in wacky situations and explosive danger after embarking on a rare romantic evening without their children. It took in 25.2 million dollars for the second spot.

The animated adventure film "How to Train Your Dragon" was in third place, pulling in 24.8 million dollars, while the African-American melodrama "Why Did I Get Married Too?" by writer, director, and actor Tyler Perry, came in a distant fourth with 11 million dollars in receipts.

"The Last Song," a romantic teen-targeted Miley Cyrus flick, fell to fifth place in its second week in theaters with 9.8 million dollars in ticket sales.

Sixth place went to time-bending R-rated comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine," earning 5.4 million dollars, while the live-action version of Lewis Carroll's classic "Alice in Wonderland" starring Johnny Depp, which has earned nearly 319 million total, took 5.3 million dollars this weekend for the seventh spot.

"The Bounty Hunter," a comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, came in eighth with a 4.2 million-dollar take, as "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," an adaptation of the Jeff Kinney cartoon novels, slipped a spot to ninth place with four million dollars.

"Letters to God," which debuted at number 10 with 1.1 million dollars, follows the inspiring story of a young boy battling brain cancer.