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Animated sequel 'The Nut Job 2' set for January 2016

Animated sequel 'The Nut Job 2' set for January 2016
Surly, left, voiced by Will Arnett, and Precious the Pug, voiced by Maya Rudolph, in "The Nut Job." (Open Road Films)

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.

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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