After a few weeks of nice box office numbers and the surprising run of "Ted" one could say it was a disappointing turn for the latest "Ice Age" feature. So, let's do just that, At $46 million, it surely could have been much better but getting lectured by cartoon figures may have seen better days.
"Ice Age: Continental Drift" may remind many that paying A-listers to voice characters may have been a bit overdone. It is also time to to ask yourself if someone goes to a movie simply because a Ray Romano or anyone else is providing the voice for a character.
The studios may think so but the truth is simple - it doesn't matter. Now, let's get to the real box office story besides the fact that "Ted" continues to impress and is a nice diversion to the other films out. No, the real story await with "The Dark Knight Rises." As it opens on July 20 the midnight showings numbers will surely be impressive.
Video: Looking ahead to Batman Now a time out for the weekend numbers.
1. "Ice Age: Continental Drift" - $46 million
2 . "The Amazing Spider-Man" - $35 million
3. "Ted" - $22.1 million
4. "Brave" - $10.6 million
5. "Magic Mike" - $9 million
Now, IMAX lovers have bought tickets by the bucket load for the latest Batman flick as, according to the Huffington Post, 46 of those theaters hosting the movie are sold out. They note the total number of IMAX theaters showing the film is 67, so be prepared to be disappointed if planning a midnight run.
Or better yet, call ahead. "The Dark Knight Rises" also opens with the high theater count with 4,375. More could be added as the week goes on. This also leads to the glut that is happening this summer as movies clamor the get screen space.
For example, "The Amazing Spider-Man" opened with whopping 4,318 and it still commands a presence. As the dust settles on the numbers for the weekend, "Ice Age: only had a 3,881 theater count, so perhaps the numbers reflect that.
The other list this week will deal with the all-time box office winners as ratings are concerned.
"Passion of the Christ" - Rated R - $370,782,930
"Avatar" - PG-13 - $760,507,625
"The Phantom Menace"- PG - $474,544,677
"Lion King" - G - $422,783,777
"Showgirls" NC-17 - $20,350,754
One final note, "The Hunger Games" has passed the $400 million mark, domestically.