Although it suffered something of a meltdown itself, Ice Age: The Meltdown nevertheless remained at the top of the box office for the second consecutive weekend, earning an estimated $34.5 million -- about half the amount it took in during its opening weekend. Box office analysts said they regard such a drop for a family film as not uncommon. More important is the fact that it became the first to pass the $100-million mark this year -- its gross now stands at $116.4 million -- and that it helped push the box office some 30 percent ahead of last year's for the comparable weekend. Also adding to the full till was Sony/Revolution's Benchwarmers with a solid $20.5 million. But Take the Lead, with Antonio Banderas starring as an instructor teaching ballroom dancing to tough high school kids, did only so-so business, as it debuted with $12.8 million. Lucky Number Slevin proved to be not so lucky at all with just $7.1 million. A fourth newcomer, Phat Girlz, phlopped with $3.1 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
1. Ice Age: The Meltdown, $34.5 million; 2. The Benchwarmers, $20.5 million; 3. Take the Lead, $12.8 million; 4. Inside Man, $9.2 million; 5. Lucky Number Slevin, $7.1 million; 6. Failure to Launch, $4.1 million; 7. ATL, $3.75 million; 8. V for Vendetta, $3.4 million; 9. Phat Girlz, $3.1 million; 10. Thank You for Smoking, $2.4 million.




10/04/2006