Weekend Box Office: Battle of the Colons

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" appears to have tied with newcomer "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" this week.

According to studio estimates - which could be as accurate as throwing a dart at a wall full of numbers - it looks like the noisy, plotless robots dropped a heafty 61% from its opening weekend numbers, slightly worse than predicted and tying in the box office race with three unlikely cartoon characters on an epic adventure through the same storyline they did the previous two times.

Even though it opened on slightly more screens than Ice Age 2, Fox's third installment made about $8 million less than its predecessor over the same 5 day period.
My favorite quote comes from Michael O'Sullivan of the Washington Post, who saw through the studio's attempt at entertainment:
"It's not utterly without charm, either. Only here, that charm feels less earned than manufactured, a product not of evolution -- or even intelligent design -- but of cynical, soulless opportunism."

Meanwhile, Johnny Depp's John Dillinger in "Public Enemies" took third place as predicted, bringing in $26.1 million.

Up next week: Sacha Baron Cohen tries to entertain us with another over-the-top character in "Bruno"

Here's the top ten numbers for the weekend:

1 (new) Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $42,500,000
2 (1) Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Paramount Pictures Action $42,500,000
3 (new) Public Enemies $26,171,900
4 (2) The Proposal $12,779,000
5 (3) The Hangover $10,415,000
6 (4) Up $6,579,000
7 (5) My Sister's Keeper $5,255,000
8 (7) The Taking of Pelham 123 $2,500,000
9 (9) Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian $2,100,000
10 (6) Year One $2,100,000 -65.13%

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