DreamWorks Animation’s newest feature, “The Croods,” debuts this weekend in first place with a solid $44.7 million showing at the domestic box office.
DreamWorks Animation’s newest feature, The Croods, debuted this weekend with a solid $44.7 million first place showing at the domestic box office. Overseas, the CG film opened to $63.3 million for a worldwide total of $108 million, scoring the top opening for an original animated feature in Mexico and Brazil.
Following the travails of a prehistoric family, The Croods is the first DWA title to be distributed by Fox under the studio's new distribution and marketing deal. With a voice cast led by Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage, the film cost a reported $135 million to produce
In second place, Antoine Fuqua's patriotic-minded Olympus Has Fallen overperformed in its debut, grossing $30.5 million to become one of the few R-rated action films of the year so far to be labeled a success. Millennium Films fully financed and produced the $70 million feature, which is distributed by Film District and stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Melissa Leo and Ashley Judd.
Sam Raimi's 3D fantasy-adventure Oz the Great and Powerful placed third in its third weekend at the box office, upping its domestic total to $177.6 million. The Disney tentpole feature has now has earned $356.4 million worldwide.
Halle Berry thriller The Call held well in its second weekend, bringing Sony and TriStar $8.7 million for a domestic total of $30.9 million and a fourth place finish.
The new Paul Weitz specialty comedy Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, opened on the soft side, earning Focus Features a fifth place showing with $6.4 million.
In sixth place, Harmony Korine's R-rated indie comedy Spring Breakers, which expanded nationwide Friday, brought in an additional $5 million for distributor A24 Films for a domestic total of $5.4 million. The film, which scored the best limited release of the year last weekend when it opened in three theaters in New York and Los Angeles, stars James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson.
The Steve Carell-starring comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone came in seventh during its sophomore weekend, bringing Warner Bros. and New Line an additional $4.3 million for a total of $17.4 million.
Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer came in eighth place during its fourth weekend at the box office, earning New Line and Legendary Pictures an additional $3 million for eighth place and a domestic total of $59 million.
Universal's R-rated comedy Identity Thief, starring Melissa McCarthy with Jason Bateman, came in ninth place, earning $2.5 million at its seventh week at the box office for a domestic total of $127.7 million.
Rounding out the list at number 10, Snitch, produced and financed by Exclusive Media and Participant, brought distributor Lionsgate $1.9 million over its fifth weekend out for a total of $40.3 million.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.