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Box Office Numbers for Friday, April 9, 2010: Date Night 1st with $9.2M, followed by ‘Clash’ ($8.3M) and ‘Dragon’ ($7.1M) [UPDATE]

Update: Click over the jump for an updated chart with the final actual data.

Original article follows below

The Steve Carell / Tina Fey comedy Date Night took first place with an estimated $9.3 million from 3,374 theaters, coming in a big higher than initial expectations.  The film out-grossed last week’s #1 Clash of the Titans which took in an estimated $8.435 million from 3,802 theaters (est. $92.028 cume). Finishing in third place was How to Train Your Dragon which posted a solid estimated $7.1 million (est. $115.641M cume).

That sets up for a three-way race to the top for the weekend.  All three films look headed to finish the weekend with between $25-28 million. After a slightly weaker than expected opening weekend, ‘Dragon’ has rebounded nicely and will have a good shot at beating last year’s Monsters vs. Aliens despite the significantly weaker start.

Rounding out the top five were The Last Song (est. $3.6M / $36.023M cume) and Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? (est. $3.5M / $41.02M cume). Click over the jump for the daily chart.

Daily Box Office Chart for Friday, April 9, 2010 [Update: Chart updated with final actual data]

Rank Movie Friday Gross Change from Thursday Theaters
1 Date Night $9,170,065 NEW 3,374
2 Clash of the Titans $8,335,540 +105.0% 3,802
3 How to Train Your Dragon $7,134,315 +87.4% 4,007
4 The Last Song $3,619,112 +137.2% 2,674
5 Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? $3,571,658 +137.6% 2,155
6 Hot Tub Time Machine $1,791,916 +100.8% 2,611
7 Alice in Wonderland $1,631,023 +79.0% 2,530
8 The Bounty Hunter $1,447,971 +104.5% 2,901
9 Diary of a Wimpy Kid $1,323,667 +59.6% 2,453
10 Letters to God (studio estimate) $387,000 NEW 897

Source: Box Office Mojo

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