updated - May 25, 2013 Saturday EDT
The latest installment in the "Ice Age" franchise, "Ice Age: Continental Drift" has proven to be a success, topping the weekend box office, according to a report by Box Office Mojo.
The 20th Century Fox animated film is the fourth in the "Ice Age" series and the first in 3-D. The North America performance of "Continental Drift" was on par with previous "Ice Age" movies, but well below the opening weekend of the second installment, "The Meltdown," which opened with $68 million in 2006.
"Ice Age" movies have become a lovable favorite among children and adults alike. The characters voiced by Ray Romano, Queen Latifah and John Leguizamo to become increasingly familiar to audiences, particularly international ones. The film had already done robust overseas business ahead of opening in the U.S. This weekend it earned $95 million internationally, bringing its overseas total to $339 million.
According to the report, the top five grossing movies from the weekend were:
"Ice Age" was the only new release among the top five. Of its take, an estimated 35 percent came from premiums attached to 3D showings.
This weekend, "The Dark Knight Rises" will be released, which is slated to be the top grossing movie of the decade. The last installment, "The Dark Knight," brought in more than $533 million in its domestic run, good for fourth on the all-time domestic gross list, not considering inflation.
Anne Hathaway, which stars as Catwoman in the third and final movie, was recently on The Late Show with David Letterman, where Letterman accidently spilled the ending to the movie causing a huge uproar on Twitter and Facebook. Although Letterman said he was just kidding, based on Hathaway's reaction, it seemed that he wasn't. Time will tell - you can catch "The Dark Knight" this Friday.
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