|1||N||Ice Age: Continental Drift||Fox||$46,629,259||-||3,881||-||$12,015||$46,629,259||-||1|
|2||1||The Amazing Spider-Man||Sony||$34,628,104||-44.2%||4,318||-||$8,019||$200,500,351||$230||2|
|7||6||Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection||LGF||$5,584,027||-45.1%||2,004||-157||$2,786||$55,611,721||$20||3|
|8||8||Katy Perry: Part of Me||Par.||$3,800,607||-46.8%||2,732||+2||$1,391||$18,653,544||$12||2|
|10||7||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||P/DW||$3,669,675||-51.2%||2,285||-576||$1,606||$203,901,397||$145||6|
Ice Age 4 stars the same 3 main voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Dennis Leary. Along with a tongue-ful of others like Queen Latifa, Sean W. Scott (who plays Stifler in the theatrically-released American Pie films), and also singers such as Jennifer Lopez and the dreadful Nicki Minaj. This is the first film in the series to not be directed by the same filmmaker Carlos Saldanha.
Ice Age 3 is the fourth-highest grossing animated feature of all time with $887m to boast. Let's see where this picks up. I myself have only seen one part and that is the first Ice Age and that was hilarious if you were below teenage at that time.
The Amazing Spider-Man started with $62m in the States and that amount falls to $34m this weekend. Budgeted at $230m the film has grossed $200m in USA and will reach and estimated $300m from BO101 predictions. It has grossed over $500m worldwide and the greatest debut being in the UK with $18.1m. That's not surprising as the actor who plays Spider-man in this reboot is himself English (Andrew Garfield). And a pretty fine thespian if you've seen The Social Network. Spidey has also boasted high ticket sales in Asia where it was also heavily marketed in my home country, Pakistan.
Two of the three animated ventures have grossed above their budget in the States: Brave and Madagascar 3. It is safe to say that animated features will probably never flop and that families would prefer to watch PG-rated fun instead of R-rated flicks.
Savages (2012) is a crime thriller directed by famed filmmaker Oliver Stone. The film stars mainly Taylor Kitsch and Blake Lively. The former who has starred in box-office disappointments John Carter and Battleship. But fortune has appeared in his favour this time as this thrill-machine will gross above its semi-budget of $45m (after DVD/Blu-Ray sales, of course).
American singer Katy Perry released a 3D concert documentary last week in the States and given the competition it has still managed to surpass its $12m budget with $18m. Worldwide, the total is $22m and its is the tenth-highest grossing documentary of all time. The UAE release date is Sept. 7. And critics of Rotten Tomatoes have given it a 76% fresh rating.
So that's all for this weekend. Catch the Savages trailer and I'll hook up with more facts and estimates next Tuesday. For now, cheers!
(Chart by Box Office Mojo)