This weekend the serious versus the not so serious will be battling it out at the box office. Although both Public Enemies and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs made their debut on Wednesday across North America, both films have a third “summer fun” (as Michael Bay likes to call it) film to compete against, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
So far the third Ice Age is leading the race having grossed an estimated $13.8 million in 1,993 theaters, leaving the new Transformers with $10.9 million on the beginning of its second week. Public Enemies was left in third place on opening night making $8.2 million. But the weekend is not over; in fact it really hasn’t even started, which leaves us to wonder if Ice Age will manage to stay at number one (like it has in the past)? And will Public Enemies make it to number two and beat Bay’s robot-smash film?
Michael Mann‘s previous film Miami Vice ranked at number one at the box office opening weekend, grossing $25,723,815. Which isn’t bad, but Public Enemies’ has some help with mega-stars Johnny Depp and Christian Bale‘s. Depp’s was able to pull in some big numbers for his performances in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (the film has ranked at number one all three times), although Depp’s last film, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street ranked at number five, grossing $9,300,805 on opening weekend. And Bale’s latest film Terminator Salvation did not have open as big as studios had hoped for. That being said, they have pulled in viewers before and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them do it again.
20th Century Fox’s 3D animated Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the third film in the Carlos Saldanha franchise and so far, it seems like the latest film will join the records of the previous two. In the past, both films have ranked at number one at the box office on opening weekend; In 2002, Ice Age dominated the box office grossing $46,312,454 on opening weekend, and in 2006, Ice Age: The Meltdown they had even more success with $68,033,544 in profits opening weekend.
At the moment it seems as if Ice Age will battling Transformers for the title and Public Enemies will have to take a backseat to the mega-films. At this moment it seems like Ice Age will keep it’s opening weekend tradition.
Which film do you think should win at the box office?
- Public Enemies (66%, 61 Votes)
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (22%, 20 Votes)
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (12%, 18 Votes)
Total Voters: 93