Sunday, July 05, 2009

Ice Age 3 = King of the World

Now with sub-continental Add On.

The new Ice Age (the feature, not a big global freeze) did nicely stateside, and wonderfully well everywhere else:

... According to studio estimates issued Sunday, [Transformers Deux and Ice Age 3] each sold about $42.5 million worth of tickets during the three-day U.S. Independence Day holiday weekend.

But "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," the third movie in 20th Century Fox's family franchise, was clearly the top pick on a worldwide basis. It earned $148 million from 101 foreign markets, which the News Corp-owned studio said was the sixth-biggest opening overall.

Including its North American tally of $67.5 million since opening Wednesday, the global total stands at $215.5 million ...

Feeding initial weekend data into the Koch Box Office Prognosticator (patent pending), our estimate is that IA3 will finish its domestic run in the $150 million to $165 million neighborhood ... $30-45 million south of Ice Age: the Meltdown.

The last Ice Age (movie, not the weather pattern) collected $456.5 million overseas, which ended up being 70% of the picture's total box office take. It's a safe bet that the new offering will rake in something around $400+ million in its foreign markets. That would make IA3's worldwide total a nice, round $550 mill ... or more.

I'm sure the boys and girls at Fox will sleep soundly, knowing that their latest animated infant will quickly be toddling into sizable profits.

Add On: And now that I've put this up, I note the same info is available in comments below. Ah well ...

Add On:It seems as if IA3 is tearing up the wickets down where the nights are steamy:

With a weekend collection of Rs 2.2 crore on just 60 prints, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs has got the highest opening for any animation film in India, beating the 2005 superhit Hanuman, which had an opening of Rs 1.5 crore on 150 prints.

Fox Star Studios India's Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is undoubtedly the 'coolest' hit of the year as it has captured the imaginations of young and old alike.

Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios India, said, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs has managed to get one of the highest openings for an animated film in India even though it has released with the hugely hyped Kambakkht Ishq; it has performed even better than Hanuman.

The woolie mammoths beat Hanuman?! We are impressed!


Anonymous said...

Ice Age is the winning oversea formula: nice, fun, Scrat, plus a little dinosaur, and not exclusively set in the US (or even South America). Hear that, MvA and Up.

Anonymous said...

Are you seriously alleging that Pixar's "Up" got it wrong? Based on one weekend of the 3D fad shlock of Ice Age 3?

This business has no shortage of complete idiots.

Anonymous said...

congrats to the team from the north East!

Anonymous said...

How can it be made by just $90M? That alone is a HUGE achievement, and with that kind of business, Fox is lucky to have Blue Sky redeemed their live action bombs.

Here we come, Ice Age 4.

g said...

Its the most expensive Blue Sky film to date. Horton Hears a Who was made for 85 million.

Anonymous said...

true all other Blue Sky films were in the 70 - 85m range. not the 150 - 180m before marketing range.

Anonymous said...

As predicted...come on Ice Age 4...

I don't know why anyone is surprised here.

Blue Sky has become synonymous with technically sound and polished animation...and suck ass gag driven storytelling.

Even with a horrible story, this film will do well because the average audience member cares little about good storytelling.

This continued financial success will once again convince the studio executives that they know what they are doing and greenlight another suck ass story.

This will allow Blue Sky to start making the film, get behind in the story phase, get behind in shot production, have a massive staff up, crunch the hell out of them while doing enough footage for 2 films, and then just barely finish on time.

The story sucks, the animation looks cool, the film gets horrible reviews, the audience flocks to the theaters, and Fox rakes in the cash...

Rinse and repeat.

Anonymous said...

Look at that horrible film Transformers, audiences have contributed 600 million to it in only 3 weeks!!!

that should tell you a lot about the society and the jelly they have between their ears.

I have not seen Ice Age 3 but I would wager that it is FAR BETTER than the Fallen.

r said...

Well, that only shows that people expect less and less from the directors and movie studios.
I don't know wether the quality in moves in general has gone down the drain, since bad movies have been around since movies started to be made.

The only thing I can point out is, the more movies you watch, you get a better sense of which ones are successful, and wich ones come short. Perhaps "Film Appreciation" should be taught at schools as well...

Anonymous said...

Jesus, go watch Ice Age 1. I cant vouch for the story, but the visuals are just plain awful. IA3 makes it look like the retarded cousin of Blue Sky made it.

I think the bar is higher in general, so bad films are harder to spot. Lots of polished turds, and IA3 is a very, VERY well polished turd. In fact, visually, I think its way better than UP, or anything of recent memory.

Anonymous said...

Y'know what? These guys are employing PEOPLE!!!! They are one of the few studios who are actually doing moderately well. They seem to be stable conscientious folks who want to make animated films. And who somehow have been able to 1) make them and 2) get them distributed. Is the IA series the best series ever? Up for debate (and apparently the answer from the debaters above is "NO") But can we cut them some slack? So few studios (think Imagi, Sony, etc. seem like they are going to stay in the game for long). This one has a fighting chance. I, for one, am glad they continue to make movies and employ people in this biz. It seems like that there are less jobs out there every day so if this studio is doing well enough to hire people, huzzah!

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