Saturday, July 14, 2012

Summertime Derby

Three (count 'em) animated features in the Top Ten:

1. Ice Age 4 3D (Blue Sky/Fox) NEW [3,879 Theaters] PG
Friday $15.3M, Weekend $42M

2. Amazing Spider-Man 3D (Col/Sony) Week 2 [4,318 Theaters] PG13
Friday $9.8M, Weekend $32M, Cume $197M

3. Ted (Universal) Week 3 [3,303 Theaters] R
Friday $6.6M, Weekend $20.3M, Cume $156.3M

4. Brave 3D (Pixar/Disney) Week 4 [3,392 Theaters] PG
Friday $3.4M, Weekend $11.2M, Cume $195.4M

5. Magic Mike (Warner Bros) Week 3 [3,090 Theaters] R
Friday $3.1M, Weekend $8.5M, Cume $91.5M

6. Savages (Universal) Week 2 [2,635 Theaters] R
Friday $2.6M (-53%), Weekend $8.2M, Cume $30.5M

7. Madea’s Witness Protection (TPerry/Lgate) Week 3 [2,004 Theaters]
Friday $1.8M, Weekend $5.4M, Cume $55.4M

8. Katy Perry 3D (Insurge/Paramount) Week 2 [2,732 Theaters] PG
Friday $1.4M (-48%), Weekend $4.0M, Cume $18.8M

9. Madasgascar 3 3D (DWA/Par) Week 6 [2,285 Theaters] PG
Friday $1.0M, Weekend $3.4M, Cume $203.6M

10. Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features) Week 7 [924 Theaters] PG13
Friday $965KM, Weekend $3.2M, Cume $32.0M

Although the latest Ice Age is under-performing relative to the other two summer animation blockbusters, it will still be an easy Numero Uno.

And consider: Pure animation sits at the top, followed by a feature with lots of animated visual effects (Spidey), followed by a hybrid animated feature (Ted.)

Then there's another pure animated feature at #4 ... and another at #9. When you think about it, that is pretty up-and-walking astounding.

Add On: Regarding Ice Age, perhaps one reason its opening box office is less than top drawer is the cool critical reception.

"The characters are manic and idiotic, the dialogue is rat-a-tat chatter, the action is entirely at the service of the 3-D, and the movie depends on bright colors, lots of noise and a few songs in between the whiplash moments," Roger Ebert writes.

Among those left with an iced over heart was USA Today's Claudia Puig, who implied viewers should come for the "The Simpsons" animated short that proceeds "Ice Age" and skip the main feature. ...

We'll see how the feature holds up in its second weekend. I've seen a couple of the pictures, and enjoyed them. The trouble with these things is at some point, the characters and repetitive plots wear out their welcome.


Anonymous said...

jester:So this means there going to make Ice Age 5? Which means trendy actors and overly repeated, bubble gum, talentless singers will provide voices for more pointless characters........ looks like I'll skip this one.

Steven Kaplan said...

According to the history of sales for this property, you'd be one of a few who do.

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