‘ICE AGE’ 4: ‘Continental Drift’ freezes out ‘Spider-Man’ with $46M debut

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THE BACKERS BEHIND "The Amazing Spider-Man" had hope that their webslinger might be able to hold down the top of the box office until the Dark Knight arrived on the scene next weekend.

Instead, Spider-Man was trampled by a woolly mammoth.

"Ice Age: Continental Drift" — director Carlos Saldanha's fourth film in his CGI-animated series about prehistoric beasts — had a $ 46-million domestic debut to win the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Final numbers are expected Monday.

Diego (voiced by Denis Leary), left, Sid (John Leguizamo) and Manny (Ray Romano) in "Ice Age: Continental Drift." (Blue Sky Studios - AP)

Superheroes and CGI dominated the top of the box office. Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man" — which had opened with a six-day holiday total of $ 140-million — was second this weekend with $ 35-million. Third was Seth MacFarlane's live/CGI R-rated comedy "Ted" ($ 22.1-million), and fourth was Pixar's animated "Brave" ($ 10.7-million).

(Also dominating the top of the box office, in a manner of speaking, for two straight weekends: Denis Leary; he's a star of "Amazing Spider-Man" and a starring voice of "Ice Age.")

Next weekend, "The Dark Knight Rises" — Christopher Nolan's apparent final film in his Batman trilogy — is expected to challenge "The Avengers' " commercial dominance of 2012 as it opens in more than 4,300 theaters.


1. "Continental Drift" opened just shy of the first "Ice Age's" opening weekend of $ 46.3-million (numbers not adjusted for inflation). "Ice Age: The Meltdown" had the series' biggest opening: $ 68-million (according to BoxOfficeMojo.com).

2. The four "Ice Age" films have now grossed $ 614-million domestically and $ 2.2-billion worldwide.

3. After 13 days, the "Amazing Spider-Man" reboot trails the first Sam Raimi "Spider-Man" at the same point: $ 200.9-million to $ 237-million.

4. "Brave's" domestic gross ($ 195.6-million) is now approaching that of Pixar's 2007 release, "Ratatouille" ($ 206.4-million).

5. "Ted" (now grossing nearly $ 159-million domestically) moves to fifth all-time for a live-action film with a CGI star — trailing only "Avatar," "King Kong" and two "Alvin and the Chipmunks" flicks.

Source : washingtonpost.com

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