'The Nut Job'

Surly, left, voiced by Will Arnett, and Precious the Pug, voiced by Maya Rudolph, in "The Nut Job." (Open Road Films / January 9, 2014)

That wasn't too tough to crack: A week after opening in theaters, the animated critter caper "The Nut Job" is set to get a sequel, "The Nut Job 2," Open Road Films has announced.

Featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl, the first "Nut Job" tells the story of a mischievous squirrel who sets out to rob the town's biggest nut shop to feed himself and his pals for the winter.

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The 3-D movie opened Jan. 17 and took in about $25.7 million at the box office over the holiday weekend, beating out fellow newcomer "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" for third place.

"The Nut Job" is a co-production of Gulfstream Pictures, Red Rover International and ToonBox Entertainment, and its gross represents a better-than-expected take for an animated film not from a major studio. 

"The Nut Job 2" is set to open Jan. 15, 2016.

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