Clash of the Titans Storms to Number One at the UK Box Office
Reported by Jay Cochran - 09:42 AM 2010.04.05
Clash of the Titans, directed by Louis Leterrier and starring an international cast led by Sam Worthington triumphed at cinemas this Easter Weekend with an opening weekend of GBP5,679,000 making it the 2nd biggest opening of 2010. The film opened at 448 locations across the UK and audiences have rushed in their thousands to the spectacle of gods and monsters.
Josh Berger President and Managing Director of WB UK remarked: "We were delighted to be host to the World Premiere of Clash of the Titans in London's Leicester Square last week: much of the film was shot here in the UK and many of the cast and filmmakers are British - which makes the success of the film here an even greater triumph."
He continued: "Our strategy of large format outdoor advertising combined with a strong TV and online campaign have paid off - Clash of the Titans has swept into the consciousness of the cinema going audience and they are loving the adventure".
In Clash of the Titans, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.
Clash of the Titans is being directed by Louis Leterrier ("The Incredible Hulk"). Leading the international cast is Australian actor Sam Worthington ("Terminator Salvation," "Avatar") as Perseus, the mortal son of Zeus, king of the gods. Academy Award(R) nominee Liam Neeson ("Taken," "Schindler's List") takes on the role of the mighty Zeus, and Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes (the "Harry Potter" films, "The English Patient") plays the role of Hades, god of the underworld, who feeds on human fear. Rounding out the cast is Gemma Arterton ("Quantum of Solace") as Io, Perseus' mysterious spiritual guide throughout his journey; Mads Mikkelsen ("Casino Royale") as Draco, who takes up his sword to join Perseus' quest; Jason Flemyng ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") as Acrisius, a one-time king turned hideous beast; and Alexa Davalos ("Defiance") as Andromeda, a princess doomed to lose her life if Perseus does not succeed.
Propelling audiences into a mythological world of epic action and adventure, "Clash of the Titans" will be presented in 3D, making the gods even more formidable, the creatures even more fearsome, and taking audiences even deeper into the mythological realm of Perseus' quest.
Louis Leterrier directs "Clash of the Titans" from a screenplay by Travis Beacham and Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi, based on the motion picture Clash of the Titans, directed by Desmond Davis and written by Beverley Cross. The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk and Kevin De La Noy. The executive producers are Academy Award winner Richard D. Zanuck ("Driving Miss Daisy") and Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and William Fay.
The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Peter Menzies, Jr., production designer Martin Laing, editor Martin Walsh, editor Vincent Tabaillon, Academy Award-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming ("Topsy-Turvy") and composer Ramin Djawadi.
Also on the creative team are Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis ("The Dark Knight"); Oscar(R)-nominated prosthetics supervisor Conor O'Sullivan ("The Dark Knight," "Saving Private Ryan"); Academy Award(R)-winning special effects and animatronics supervisor Neil Corbould ("Gladiator"); Academy Award-winning makeup and hair designer Jenny Shircore ("Elizabeth"); and Academy Award(R)-winning production sound mixer Ivan Sharrock ("The Last Emperor").
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Thunder Road Film/Zanuck Company Production, a Louis Leterrier Film, Clash of the Titans. The film will be presented in RealD 3D where available, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.