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Ice Age 4: Continental Drift 'drifts' to US box office top spot

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift

Story by Jack Foley

THE Ice Age franchise continues to prove a popular draw with audiences after the fourth film in the saga, Continental Drift, opened at No.1 with an estimated $46 million.

The figure was enough to displace The Amazing Spider-Man, which slipped to second with $35 million for a US total of $200.9 million.

Commenting on Ice Age‘s continued appeal, Chris Aronson, Fox president of domestic distribution, told The Hollywood Reporter: “This is the third sequel in a very successful franchise, and we couldn’t be happier. 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.”

Internationally, Ice Age 4 grossed $95 million for the weekend, bringing its international total to date to $339 million and a world-wide tally of $385 million.

Elsewhere at the US box office, Mark Wahlberg’s Ted continued to hold strong, moving from second to third position and picking up $22.1 million to bring its US total so far to $159 million.

And Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike held onto fifth spot as it lured in another $9 million to bring its total to $91.9 million. A sequel is now in the works.

Oliver Stone’s drug drama Savages, which opened last weekend in fourth spot, slipped to sixth with $8.7 million, while Katy Perry: Part of Me held onto eighth spot for a second week, taking an additional $3.7 million to bring its US total to $18.6 million.

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