If it feels as though nothing is happening in the movie world except a relentless torrent of superhero news, you're not alone. (In fact, let's get one thing out of the way: "The Dark Knight Rises" opens Friday.) But of the offerings currently available to moviegoers, Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier's "Ice Age 4: Continental Drift" proved most popular. The film chalked up an uninspiring $45.5 million over the weekend, edging out "The Amazing Spider-Man."
Where the "Ice Age" films are strongest, however, is the international box office. The film was already breaking records before it opened in the States, according to Deadline.com and THR reports that "IA4" brought in $95 million internationally this weekend. That brings the total non-domestic gross to $339 million and a global cume of $385 million. That $385 million can be disappointing in Hollywood tells you everything you need to know about Hollywood. (To be fair, 2009's "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" raked in over $886 million).
"IA4" (Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios) starred newcomers Drake and Nicki Minaj alongside Aziz Ansari, Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Joy Behar, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah.
The "Spider-Man" reboot held steady with $35 million, a decent second-week gross that put it at No. 2 (a 44 percent week-to-week drop in sales). That film is looking to top the $200 million domestic box office mark by the end of Sunday.
Rounding out the top five on this summer weekend: "Ted' ($23 million), "Brave" ($10.9 million) and "Magic Mike" ($8.5 million).