Weekend Box Office: ‘Ice Age’ Does Brisk Business

With only one new wide release this weekend, was there ever any question as to how the box office would turn out?

As expected, ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift‘ nabbed the top spot with a very mild $46 million. Its debut is almost exactly the same as the first ‘Ice Age‘, but nowhere near the $68 million opening of the second installation, ‘The Meltdown‘. While 3D usually gets a large amount of credit for opening weekend totals, that isn’t the case here. Only 35% of the ‘Ice Age’ gross came from 3D showings.

The Amazing Spider-Man‘ slipped 43.6% in attendance, but still managed to land in the #2 spot. Its $35 million second weekend brought the superhero reboot past the domestic $200 million mark. With another $66 million from international showings, ‘Spider Man’ is expected to close the weekend with a worldwide total of $521.5 million. Closing in on 2.5 times its production budget, the film could be profitable by the end of the week.

After three weekends, ‘Ted‘ is still holding strong. Down only 31% from last week, the Seth McFarlane comedy added another $22.1 million. This R-rated picture has now grossed $158.9 million domestically.

In its fourth weekend, ‘Brave‘ is still moving slowly along. With a $10.6 million weekend, the film finished in the #4 spot, and now counts a domestic gross of $195.5 million. ‘Magic Mike‘ held onto the #5 spot and earned another $9 million. Nearing the $100 million mark, it’s no wonder that Warner Bros. is entertaining the idea of sequelizing this $7 million movie.

No numbers have been reported for indie opener ‘Alps‘, so we’ll have to wait until the actuals are released later today to see where it lands. The Weinstein Company’s domestic release of ‘Easy Money‘ proved to be a good business investment, as it earned $23,800 on just two screens. Paranormal thriller ‘Red Lights‘ earned $10,000 on its two screens. Both ‘Easy Money’ and ‘Red Lights’ are planned to have expanding platform releases.

Top 10:

1. ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ (Fox) – $46,000,000

2. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ (Sony) – $35,000,000

3. ‘Ted’ (Universal) – $22,147,000

4. ‘Brave’ (Buena Vista) – $10,695,000

5. ‘Magic Mike’ (Warner Bros.) – $9,030,000

6. ‘Savages’ (Universal) – $8,735,000

7. ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection’ (Lionsgate) – $5,600,000

8. ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ (Paramount) – $3,735,000

9. ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ (Focus) – $3,662,000

10. ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ (Paramount/DreamWorks) – $3,500,000


  1. JM

    ‘Ice Age’ just became the 6th highest-grossing film of 2012 with $385M:(

    ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ has already made $45M off a $16M budget and shows no signs of stepping out of the center of the frame 🙂

    I wonder what Batman is going to do to Spider-Man this weekend…?

    • William Henley

      ‘Ice Age’ just became the 6th highest-grossing film of 2012 with $385M:(

      Makes sense. In many parts of the world, this could be considered to be the first kid-geared movie of the summer. Madagascar opened during the school year in quite a bit of the country and the world.

      I am acutally surprised it didn’t perform better in the US, but the international numbers don’t surprise me at all.


      • JM

        ‘Ice Age’s embarrassing global underperformance isn’t my concern.

        Only 5 movies this year have made more than $400M.

        Last year it was 15.

        • William Henley

          Ah, gotcha. I thought you were disappointed that THIS movie was the sixth.

          I think part of the problem is that many of the movies that did come out this year that were really hyped up were just really not that good.

          In fact, I can think of only two movies I have seen this year that I REALLY liked – “The Artist” and “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter”. The other movies were pretty much “meh!”. Not bad, but just didn’t really grab me.

          I think this is why you see huge opening weekends for movies like “The Avengers” or “Promethius”, then like 4 weeks later, they aren’t even at the theaters any more, or if they are, they are at the dollar theaters. People are still going, but there are no repeat viewings.

          Shoot, I saw “The Artist” three times at the theater, I saw “Super 8” last years twice. Years ago, there are some movies I would go see 3, 4, 5 times at the theater. I just don’t do that anymore – most movies nowadays don’t even get a rental from me if I saw them at the theater.

          In fact, I can honestly say that out of all the Blu-Rays I bought this year, only one was of a movie that came out this year. All the others were either special-intrest discs (concerts, documentaries, etc) or catalogue titles.

  2. JM

    The 15 highest-grossing movies of 2011 were of significantly higher quality?

    $1328M – Harry Potter 7.2
    $1123M – Transformers 3
    $1043M – Pirates of the Caribbean 4
    $705M – Twilight 4.1
    $695M – Mission Impossible 4

    $666M – Kung Fu Panda 2
    $626M – Fast Five
    $581M – The Hangover 2
    $563M – The Smurfs
    $560M – Cars 2

    $555M – Puss In Boots
    $543M – Sherlock Holmes 2
    $484M – Rio
    $481M – Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    $449M – Thor

    I can only think of 4 more movies that will make $400M+ in 2012.

    Maybe ‘The Avengers’ stole all the box office?

    • William Henley

      Well, Harry Potter was. And Puss and Boots was pretty good. I haven’t seen MI4, but the rest were pretty forgettable.

      That being said, 5 of the top 15 were specifically aimed at kids, and depending on your standards, another 3-5 are family-friendly. Two of those were made off of major book series, and were pretty much guarenteed successes whether they sucked or not.

  3. JM

    ‘Moonrise Kingdom’s success just enticed Johnny Depp to star in Wes Anderson’s next film, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’

    Will two small fan bases superconduct and super collide into a money bomb?

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