couldn’t see of the Ice Age
as the animated third sequel won the US box office this weekend.Ice Age: Continental Drift
(read our review
) drew in the crowds and the cash at the weekend, scoring $46 million on release in the states for a worldwide haul of $385 million. It marks another hit for Fox’s
prehistoric series, pushing its total earnings up over $2.1 billion. It measures up to the release of the original all the way back in 2002 and falls far short of other animated big earners this year like Brave
and The Lorax
.The Amazing Spider-Man (our review)
fell to $35 million on its second weekend but that puts it over $520 million internationally. It may be tracking well off something like The Avengers
but can conservatively be called a hit, though it’s due a dip once The Dark Knight Rises
steals its comic book and IMAX thunder this week.Ted
continues its remarkable run, unopposed by other R rated comedies, to rake in another $22 million at the weekend. Together with foreign territories Australia and New Zealand it’s already over $190 million worldwide and has yet to debut in the rest of the world. A sure bet to push over $300 million though it has a ways to go to match The Hangover Part II’s
$580 million haul.
The rest of the top 10 looks familiar, Brave
took a further $10 million and still has a bunch of countries left to open and Magic Mike (review)
grabbed a respectable $9 million, with figures for it’s international opening weekend not available just yet.
Elsewhere the list included Savages
which will struggle to make back its production budget of $45 million, Madea’s Witness Protection
still holding on with $5 million and Katy Perry’s
3D concert movie grabbing less than $4 million. Finally there’s Moonrise Kingdom (review)
confirming its place as Wes Anderson’s
second most successful movie at the box office (after The Royal Tenenbaums
) and animated hit Madagascar 3
– which took in $3.5 million a full six weeks after release and with competition from two other animated, 3D contenders for a total close to $500 million.More on Box Office Mojo.