As expected Ice Age: Continental Drift pulled a fast one on The Amazing Spider-Man and grabbed the top spot for the weekend. But it wasn’t all bad news for Spidey with the film reaching the $200 million domestic milestone in just 13 days.
Continental Drift opened on par with the original Ice Age (2002), $46.6 million. Not a bad start for a franchise that was never insanely popular in North America. Also this is only the 2nd animated series to receive a 4th entry on the big screen, Shrek being the first. Unlike Shrek, Ice Age managed to improve on its predecessors every time, until now. With the only other big 3D animated film coming out 2 months from now (Hotel Transylvania), Ice Age: Continental Drift should have a good run in the coming weeks. Now with the same opening Ice Age (2002) finished with $176.8 million, so that has to be the target for Continental Drift.
The Amazing Spider-Man had a not so amazing but still ok weekend, down 44.2% with $34.6 million. So far the reboot has made $200.5 million after 13 days, making it the 34th fastest film to reach that mark. Spider-Man (2002) needed 9 days to make $202 million, Spider-Man 2 (2004) 8 days for $202.1 million while Spider-Man 3 (2007) 9 days for $224.4 million. It doesn’t take rocket science to see that The Amazing Spider-Man is falling behind more and more. At this rate and based on how much of a beating The Dark Knight Rises will provide on the poor old wall-crawler, Spidey will probably end up somewhere around $280 million. To try my luck I’ll say $286 million.
Ted was 3rd, only 30.4% down for $22.4 million. In 17 days Seth MacFarlane’s R-rated comedy generated $159.2 million, still ahead of The Hangover (2009) and its $152.8 million at the same point. That film finished with $277.3 million, Ted will be quite lower, maybe $220-230 million. Expect The Dark Knight Rises to take its toll on this one too.
In 4th place we have Brave, Pixar’s latest with $11.1 million and $196 million so far. Since it’s now about $14 million ahead of Wall-E at the same point in its run, and that film grossed $223.8 million, Brave will probably bring in a total of $240 million or more.
Savages rounds out the top 5, barely beating Magic Mike, $9.3 million versus $9 million. After 10 days Savages has $32.1 million, which is pretty good for Oliver Stone. Magic Mike is at $91.8 million and will pass the $100 million mark either this week or the next. That will be the 3rd consecutive film for Channing Tatum to reach that milestone.