The fourth installment in the popular series featuring a group of prehistoric mammals will probably debut with a solid sum of between $50 million and $55 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
Though "Ice Age 4" is the only new film hitting theaters this weekend, it will still face competition from two animated movies still playing at the multiplex. While
"Ice Age 4" has so far earned middling critical reviews, notching a 50% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes -- only a tad better than the 45% score the third entry received. The latest movie follows the group of animal friends as they get lost at sea when the world breaks up into different continents and features such celebrity voices as Ray Romano,
The new "Ice Age" is the latest film from Fox's Blue Sky Studios, which has produced a number of hits for its corporate parent. Blue Sky's last release was 2011's
Overseas, the fourth "Ice Age" is already on its way to becoming a massive hit. As of Tuesday, the film had collected an impressive $211.9 million and was doing especially brisk business in Germany and Mexico. This weekend, the movie will debut in an additional 29 foreign markets, including the United Kingdom and Russia.
Animated films featuring talking animals have traditionally performed particularly well abroad. The third entry in the "Ice Age" series made 78% of its worldwide gross internationally, grossing $690.1 million abroad in 2009. Last year