Between now and the end of summer, there’s going to be but one prime directive for those of us who think about, write about, care about and have any sort of general interest in the movies. The Dark Knight Rises. Four days away and already being built up to be one of the biggest openings of all-time, Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman film is everything you’ve been waiting for, even while you were secretly sneaking off to make The Avengers the third highest grossing film of all-time. But before all your movie theaters belong to Batman, a few other movies are getting in their last licks at the summer box office. Namely a fourth film in an animated franchise that just won’t go extinct and a reboot of another hero’s journey. For Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Amazing Spider-Man, this weekend may be the last hurrah. And they made the most of it.

The fourth Ice Age film was the winner of the weekend, drawing in an estimated $46 million, while Marc Webb’s Spider-Man was pretty amazing indeed in his second week, putting another $35 million on the board to take its domestic total over $200 million in just two weeks. Needless to say, both movies should continue to breath life into their respective franchises. Ice Age 5 is probably already under way. The other big surprise of the weekend is the $22 million that Ted piled on in its third week, taking its total to $158 million. Not bad for a movie about a verbally abusive teddy bear that Seth MacFarlane squeezed out for just under $50 million. There’s life in that Universal Pictures marketing motor yet.

Here now are the weekend’s top five grosses:

  1. Ice Age: Continental Drift – $46.0m
  2. The Amazing Spider-Man – #35.0m
  3. Ted – $22.1m
  4. Brave – $10.6m
  5. Magic Mike – $9.0m

And since they’ll become quickly relevant with the release of The Dark Knight Rises, here’s the list of the top opening weekends of the year so far:

  1. The Avengers (May 4) – $207.4m
  2. The Hunger Games (March 23) – $152.5m
  3. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (March 2) – $70.2m
  4. Brave (June 22) – $66.3m
  5. The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3) – $62.0m

How much would you wager TDKR will make this coming weekend? Will it take out The Avengers?


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