Box Office News: ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ Takes Weak First Place

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CHICAGO – Fox’s “Ice Age: Continental Drift” under-performed domestically but still opened strongly enough to take first place at the box office and is riding a huge wave of box office overseas. Meanwhile, “The Amazing Spider-man” fell a reasonable percentage and held on to 2nd place, just ahead of juggernaut “Ted.”

How is $46 million weak? Expectations were higher and the second film in the series “Ice Age: The Meltdown” made $68 million in its first three days while “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” made $66.7 million in its first five days after opening on a Wednesday. It seems likely that “Continental Drift” is going to make the smallest amount of the franchise and top out near $160 million.

However, in a story that seems to be repeating itself, the international numbers are stunning. “Ice Age 4” has already made over $385 million worldwide.

Next week sees the open of the only movie that could challenge “The Avengers” for box office domination this season, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”

1. Ice Age: Continental Drift — $46.6 million — new
2. The Amazing Spider-man — $34.6 million — down 44% — $200.5 million total
3. Ted — $22.4 million — down 30% — $159.3 million
4. Brave — $11.2 million — down 43% — $196.1 million
5. Savages — $9.4 million — down 41% — $32.1 million
6. Magic Mike — $9 million — down 42% — $91.8 million
7. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection — $5.6 million — down 45% — $55.6 million
8. Katy Perry: Part of Me — $3.8 million — down 47% — $18.7 million
9. Moonrise Kingdom — $3.7 million — down 18% — $32.5 million
10. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted — $3.7 million — down 51% — $203.9 million

Source: Box Office Mojo content director Brian Tallerico

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