It was a photo-finish at the box office this weekend, with Friday-Sunday estimates indicating that Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Transformers Revenge of the Fallen each took in $42.5 million. The final result is due to be released this afternoon (Monday). Early indications, however, are that the Ice Age sequel will come out on top by about $1.3 million, according to box office analysts, who say that its final figures will be boosted by strong ticket sales at theaters showing it in 3D, where the premium $2.00 (or so) price for 3D glasses was likely to offset lower ticket prices for children. For the five-day holiday, the 20th Century Fox animated feature did indeed wind up ahead with an anticipated gross of $67.5 versus about $65 million for Transformers . Universal's Public Enemies also had a solid opening with $26.2 million for the three-day weekend and $41 million for the five-day. Overseas, there was no contest, with Ice Age nailing $148 million over the five days in 101 countries, including 16 where it broke opening records. In most countries, no other movie even came close.

The top ten films for the regular three-day weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo 1. Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs , $42.5 million; 1. (Tie) Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, $42.5 million; 3. Public Enemies, $26.2 million; 4. The Proposal, $12.8 million; 5. The Hangover, $10.4 million; 6. Up , $6.6 million; 7. My Sister's Keeper, $5.3 million; 8. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, $2.5 million; 9. Year One , $2.1 million; 10. Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian, $2.1 million.

06/07/2009