Cave-dwelling "Croods" settle at top of U.S. movie box office

Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:39pm EDT
 
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By Lisa Richwine and Andrea Burzynski

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Animated prehistoric adventure "The Croods," about a family of cave dwellers fighting for survival, claimed the top spot on movie box office charts with $44.7 million from weekend ticket sales in the United States and Canada.

The 3-D children's comedy from "Shrek" and "Madagascar" creator Dreamworks Animation added $63.3 million from international markets, the studio said on Sunday, for a global total of $108 million.

"Croods" dethroned two-time box office champ "Oz the Great and Powerful," which slipped to third place on domestic charts. The Walt Disney Co prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" earned $22 million during its third weekend, according to studio estimates.

In between the two family films, thriller "Olympus Has Fallen," about a White House under terrorist attack, took in $30.5 million at North American (U.S. and Canadian) theaters.

The performance of "Croods" provided a solid opening for Dreamworks, which needs a hit after the disappointment from November's "Rise of the Guardians."

Box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations Co. Jeff Bock said the opening bodes well for Dreamworks, which he said is in the process of establishing new films ripe for sequels.

"It's a great start for a spring film, especially one that's animated," he said.

Bock predicted that the film will gross between $175 and $200 million over the next two months or so.   Continued...

 
Cast member Nicolas Cage and wife Alice Kim (L) arrive for the premiere of the film "The Croods" in New York, March 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri