The Croods top in US as Olympus Has Fallen also rakes it in
Story by Jack Foley
The Croods, which follows the adventures of a prehistoric family voiced by Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage, is the first DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox following their split with Paramount and the box office disappointment of Rise of the Guardians.
It also took $63.3 million internationally, including the UK, for a total global debut of $108 million. In Brazil, it scored the top opening of all time for an original animated pic.
Chris Aronson, Fox president of domestic distribution, commented: “This is a terrific opening. And with the spring holiday ahead of us, audiences will continue to seek this movie out. The next family movie [Fox’s Epic] isn’t until Memorial Day.”
In second place, Olympus Has Fallen over-performed with $30.5 million to become one of the few R-rated action films of the year to work so far.
It also marks a personal success for leading man Gerard Butler, who has suffered a string of box office bombs, incliding Playing For Keeps and Chasing Mavericks.
The film finds Butler playing a disgraced presidential guard who is called back into action when North Korean terrorists take over the White House. It is directed by Antoine Fuqua and is the first of two similarly themed terrorist movies, opening ahead of Roland Emmerich’s White House Down.
Olympus Has Fallen also stars Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Melissa Leo and Ashley Judd.
The only disappointment among the new releases was Tina Fey-Paul Rudd comedy Admission, which placed fifth with $6.4 million.
But another indie film, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, continued to perform well with $5 million, placing sixth spot thanks to the presence of James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez.
The US top five was completed by Oz the Great and Powerful, which placed third in its third weekend, with $22 million. Its US total now stands at a mighty $177.6 million, while world-wide it now stands at $356.4 million.
And Halle Berry thriller The Call performed well in its second weekend, grossing $8.7 million for a domestic total of $30.9 million. It sits in fourth spot.