Proving her starpower hasn’t faded yet, the Miley Cyrus romance “The Last Song” had a strong debut on Wednesday generating $5.1 million at the box office. That was enough to sneak by the weekend champ “How To Lose Your Dragon” which fell to second and a new cume of $57.8 million in just six days.
Written by popular novelist Nicholas Sparks, “Song” received mostly negative reviews, but Cyrus fanbase and young girls on spring break provided a strong midweek debut. The Walt Disney release is expected to gross around $20 million by end of day Sunday.
Dropping to third was Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” with another $1.9 million. Tim Burton’s biggest blockbuster ever is currently at $299 million domestic and will hit the magic $300 million mark sometime today. The fantasy has generated $662 million worldwide so far.
Fourth place found the still kickin’ “Hot Tub Time Machine” with another $1.3 million and a new total of $18.4 million since debuting last Friday. Strong word of mouth has driven solid grosses during the week, but the comedy should take a fall when “Clash of the Titans” opens tomorrow. Reviews be damned, the Louis Leterrier remake is tracking for anywhere between a $65-90 million opening.
Continuing to impress and feed off school breaks as well was 20th Century Fox’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Even with all the competition, the movie the media missed found another $1 million and a new cume of $39 million.
Besides “Clash,” Lionsgate will debut Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I get Married Too” on Friday. The sequel to “Why Did I Get Married?” should open stronger than the original’s $21 million debut weekend in October of 2007.
Look for continuing box office updates all weekend on HitFix.