The fourth part of the “Ice Age” series shot in 3-D was on par with previous “Ice Age” movies but well below the opening weekend of the second installment, “The Meltdown,” which opened with $68 million in 2006.
“This is the third sequel in a very successful franchise, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Chris Aronson, Fox president of domestic distribution.
“We had a bigger opening weekend than we had with the last one, and it’s going to be phenomenally successful. We’re on pace to gross probably close to $800 million worldwide, and to do that with the fourth movie in an animated series in remarkable.”
The total gross from the four movies now reached $2.2 billion worldwide, and the franchise creators believe that “Continental Drift” is equal the global total of the last installment, 2009’s “Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” which took in $886.7 million.
“There’s really not very many animated franchises that have had three sequels,” said Aronson. “The performance of `Ice Age’ has been remarkably consistent.”
As far as the latest movie of “Ice Age” is concerned, it has received mixed reviews. The opinions divided as there were those who called the film a fun ride, as well as others who blamed the filmmakers for not having done enough for a sequel.
According to the Rotten Tomatoes, the movie scored a 44 percent. The critics agree that the film doesn’t quite make sense but is a fun ride.
A.O. Scott of The New York Times wrote, “It may be too much to expect novelty – then again, why shouldn’t we? – but a little more conviction might be nice.”
He went on, adding: “Continental Drift,” like its predecessors, is much too friendly to dislike, and its vision of interspecies multiculturalism is generous and appealing.”
Sean O’ Connell of the Washington Post wrote, “Logic may be extinct, but, boy, do these movies whiz by like ice cubes zipping across a linoleum floor.”
The list of Box Office winners also includes two super-hero films: Sony’s Spider-Man reboot, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and Batman sequel, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
It’s the second week of release of “Spider-Man” and the movie scored $35 million, pushing it past $200 million domestically. It earned nearly $67 million overseas over the weekend, rising its worldwide gross is now $521.4 million, reports ABC News.
Seth MacFarlane’s comedy “Ted,” which features a talking teddy bear, earned additional $22.1 million in its third week since release for a total of $159 million for its studio Universal Pictures.
However, statistics show that the past weekend definitely belonged to family films, which had three of the top 10 films at the box office.
“Continental Drift” is the third cartoon to debut this summer, joining the previous animated blockbusters — Pixar Animation’s “Brave” and DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.”
“Brave” occupies the fourth place as it added $10.7 million to its $195.6 million domestic total, and the 10th place belongs to “Madagascar 3,” which scored additional $3.5 million to its $203.7 million domestic total.
“This shows how incredibly important the family audience is, particularly in the summer when families are looking for entertainment that’s appropriate for the kids and the parents as well,” said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
“You’ve got three family films that all performed incredibly well and each weekend topped the box office.”