Ice Age: Continental Drift is the new box office leader, earning $46 million its first week in theaters. The 3D film featuring the voice talent of Ray Ramano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Queen Latifah, among others, is the fourth film in the Ice Age series.
"There's really not very many animated franchises that have had three sequels," Chris Aronson, head of distribution for Fox, told the AP. "The performance of Ice Age has been remarkably consistent."
Call me psychic, but I'm willing to bet the studio will soon announce plans for a fifth Ice Age film.
Last week’s leader, The Amazing Spider-Man, fell to number two, bringing in $35 million its second week in theaters. Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, and Denis Leary (he’s certainly having a good week), The Amazing-Spider Man has so far earned $200 million worldwide.
Ted, Brave, and Magic Mike round out the list of top five box office performers with respective earnings of $22.1, $10.6, and $9 million. The success of male stripper flick Magic Mike has even lead to rumors about a sequel or prequel. Why not? The film has already inspired a Broadway show, after all.
Next up is Savages with earnings of $8.7 million. The Oliver Stone film stars Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro, and John Travolta. The seventh and eighth place slots go to Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection and Katy Perry: Piece of Me. The Katy Perry flick brought in $3.7 million, while Tyler Perry’s latest film earned $5.6 million.
Last, but not least, is Moonrise Kingdom and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. The ninth and tenth place films earned $3.6 and $3.5 million respectively.
This weekend will be huge for theaters as Friday marks the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. The third installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, and Gary Oldman. How many of you plan to see it?
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