Box Office: CG Robots vs. CG Critters = $42.5 Million Tie

Well this is a first: according to studio estimates (and I can’t stress that enough, studio estimates, which means they could and will probably change when actual numbers come in on Monday), the battle of the CG movies ended in a tie over the weekend. “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”, the third in the franchise, scored the same $42.5 million in its first 3-day weekend as did “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” in its second week. Again, these are preliminary, studio estimates. One of these movies will come out on top (albeit by a very small margin) come Monday. Until then, it looks like people couldn’t decide whether to watch CG robots or CG animals over the weekend, so did both in equal measure. Keep in mind, though, that “Ice Age” opened earlier in the week, adding an extra $25 million to its coffers and giving it a final total of $67.5 million for the entire week.

The news is not quite as bright for Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies”, which opened in third place with just a little bit more than $26 million. The film, budgeted at over $100 million, has a ways to go, and it doesn’t look like Bay’s “Transformers” will be relenting anytime soon. Also, you can probably expect “Ice Age” to keep doing well in the coming weeks. Look at “Up”, which is still in the Top 10 after six weeks of release. Apparently people would rather see CG robots beating the crap out of each other than Johnny Depp and Christian Bale shooting Tommy guns at each other in high-def.

The Sandra Bullock romantic comedy “The Proposal” clung onto fourth place in its third week on the charts, taking in another $12.7 million, which was good enough for a three week total of $94 million. Bro comedy “The Hangover”, meanwhile, continues its strong showing, rounding out the top 5 with another $10.4 million haul. The mostly starless comedy has scored over $204 million in five weeks of release.

Here’s how the Top 10 broke down over the weekend (via):

1 —–Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs —–$42,500,000 —–$67,506,000
2 —–Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen —–$42,500,000 —– $293,459,000
3 —–Public Enemies —–$26,172,000 —– $41,044,000
4 —–The Proposal —–$12,779,000 —–$94,233,000
5 —–The Hangover —–$10,415,000 —–$204,197,000
6 —–Up —–$6,579,000 —–$264,873,000
7 —–My Sister’s Keeper —–$5,255,000 —–$25,964,000
8 —–The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 —–$2,500,000 —– $58,471,000
10 —–Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian —–$2,100,000 —–$167,763,000

Below: “Stupid CG critters are tougher than they look… Ouch, my ego.”