"Ice Age 4" opened with slightly more than the $41.7 million the third installment debuted with in 2009. But the film's start didn't come close to topping the launch of the second "Ice Age" film, which collected $68 million during its first weekend in theaters in 2006.
The new "Ice Age" may have been hurt by the fact that two other 3-D animated family films are still playing at the multiplex:
Predictably, "Ice Age 4" attracted a broad audience of parents and children: Half of the crowd was over the age of 25, and half was under. The film was not especially popular in 3-D, as only about 35% of moviegoers were willing to shell out a few extra bucks to see it in the format. But those who saw the film enjoyed it, assigning it an average grade of A-.
While the domestic launch for "Ice Age 4" didn't break any records, the film will no doubt sell the majority of its tickets overseas. Before the movie's U.S. debut, the movie had already sold over $200 million worth of tickets internationally, and this weekend grossed an additional $95.2 million from 64 foreign markets, raising its total abroad to $339.2 million.
International audiences have long been a fan of movies featuring talking animals, like the
[Updated, 11:43 a.m. July 15: More detailed international grosses indicate that "Ice Age 4" performed best in Russia, where it had the biggest opening day ever for an
Here are the top 10 movies at the domestic box office, with international results when available, according to studio estimates and Rentrak:
1. "Ice Age: Continental Drift" (Fox): Opened with $46 million. $95.2 million overseas in 64 foreign markets. International total: $339.2 million.
2. "The Amazing Spider-Man" (
4. "Brave" (Disney): $10.7 million on its fourth weekend, down 45%. Domestic total: $195.6 million. $6.5 million overseas in 17 foreign markets. International total: $46.8 million.
9. "Moonrise Kingdom" (Focus Features): $3.7 million on its eighth weekend, down 19%. Domestic total: $32.4 million.