Article from the hollywoodreporter
Ice Age: Continental Drift, the fourth installment in Fox’s prehistoric toon series, didn’t exactly sizzle at the North American box office this weekend, but the movie, which saw its cast of characters head to the open seas on a melting iceberg, kept afloat with an estimated $46 million opening.
Of course, the Ice Age movies have been a phenomenon in international markets. 2009′s Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which amassed $886.7 million worldwide, did nearly 78 percent of its business in foreign territories. And the new movie is also showing real strength abroad. Internationally, it grossed $95 million for the weekend, bringing its international total to date to $339 million, making for a worldwide tally of $385 million. The one new wide release to muscle into the crowded multiplex, the 3D animated movie from Blue Sky Studios which took over 3,881 theaters, captured the top spot, as Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man, which dropped just 44 percent from its opening weekend, shifting into second place with $35 million. The film is expected to cross the $200 million mark domestically today to hit $200.9 million by the end of its second weekend also Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man has every chance of swinging its way to a worldwide gross in the $800 million range, more than ensuring a second life for the marquee superhero franchise, according to Sony insiders. Globally, Amazing Spider-Man and Men in Black 3 – Sony’s other summer tentpole — now account for north of $1 billion in ticket sales. MIB3 has grossed $603.9 million worldwide.