It's a (3 day) tie!...Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Ice Age 3 provided plenty of fireworks over the long 4th of July holiday weekend at the cineplex...
Pamela McClintock of Variety:
Twentieth Century Fox’s 3-D toon “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” scored the biggest international opening of all time for an animated title, while it tied with Paramount’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” for No. 1 at the domestic B.O. over the July 4th weekend.
Overseas, “Ice Age 3” grossed $148 million as it opened on 11,652 screens in 101 markets around the globe. It’s domestic weekend take was an estimated $42.5 million for a five-day opening cume of $67.5 million.
Worldwide opening tally is $215.5 million.
“Transformers 2” grossed an estimated $42.5 million for the weekend for a whopping domestic cume of $293.4 in 12 days. Internationally, action tentpole grossed $55.3 million for a foreign cume of $298 million and boffo worldwide total of $591.4 million.
Universal’s Johnny Depp gangster pic “Public Enemies” also did strong business at the domestic box office, grossing $26.2 million from 3,334 runs for a five-day opening $41 million.
Both “Public Enemies” and “Ice Age 3” opened on Wednesday to get a jump on the July 4th holiday. Because the holiday landed on a Saturday this year, theater traffic dropped precipitously on Saturday.
Adam B. Vary of EW:
Talk about a photo finish. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs reached the end of the July 4 weekend effectively tied for the three-day weekend box office crown, with both films taking in $42.5...
Vary adds that 'Transformers 2': '09's new No. 1...