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‘Ice Age 4′ Foreign Debut $78M And #1 In All 34 Markets: Already Breaking Records

UPDATED: Twentieth Century Fox‘s Ice Age 4: Continental Drift doesn’t open in the U.S. until July 13th. But the 3D toon already earned $78M from its international opening weekend. It was playing on 9,505 screens in 34 markets where it was #1 everywhere.(It was #1 from previews alone in the UK where it doesn’t officially open until July 13th.) ”An absolutely extraordinary opening weekend,” a Fox exec gushed. Highlights included: industry’s biggest opening weekend ever in Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Central America, and Chile; industry’s biggest animated opening weekend ever in Norway, Sweden, Ecuador and Bolivia; biggest Fox opening weekend ever in Mexico and Brazil. This coming week, 14 new markets (19 countries) open, including Germany and Holland, followed by an additional 16 markets (29 countries) day & date with the U.S., including UK and Russia. South Korea and India release on July 26th and 27th respectively, then Italy on September 28th.

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Fox is quick to note that this release has fewer than half the screens and markets of the day & date release of Ice Age 3 back in July 2009. And an even smaller percentage (less than 50%) of international market share releasing this weekend. So overall comparisons to the opening weekend of Ice Age 3 will be made on a territory by territory basis. In addition, this late June opening weekend puts many of days outside of summer school holidays in France, Belgium, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, etc. Results include:

Mexico: On Thursday it opened #1 in the market with 71% of share for the 2nd highest opening day ever for Fox (behind IA3 which opened on a holiday Friday). Cume  to date is $13.7M from 2,516 screens. This is Fox’s biggest opening weekend ever, and the industry’s 3rd highest opening ever. Pic had 72% market share.

France: On Wednesday it opened #1 in the market. Best opening day of 2012 and 2nd best animated opening day ever after Ice Age 3. Cume to date is $11.8M from 1,072 screens. Debut had 3D about 55% of the total. This was the biggest industry opening weekend of 2012, better than Avengers.

Brazil: Cume to date $6.8M from 1,010 screens for #1 and Fox’s biggest opening weekend ever.

Australia: On Thursday, it opened #1 in the market with cume to date of $2.3M including Queensland previews. This weekend school holidays are in 90% of the Australian market. Cume to date $6.4M from 580 screens for #1 and 83% of Ice Age 3, which opened during nationwide school holidays.
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Hot Trailer ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’

By | Thursday June 7, 2012 @ 3:29pm PDT

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Hot Short: ‘Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up Part 2′

By | Thursday November 17, 2011 @ 9:33pm PST

Here’s a follow-up to another short featuring Scrat the saber-toothed squirrel that Fox posted at the beginning of the year. Fox and Blue Sky Studios certainly aren’t the first to get impressive mileage out of a funny-looking rodent. This one’s called Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up Part 2. The movie it’s promoting, Ice Age: Continental Drift, opens July 13, 2012. For the fourth outing Jeremy Renner, Wanda Sykes, Aziz Ansari, Keke Palmer, Drake and Jennifer Lopez have joined returnees Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Dennis Leary, John Leguizamo, Seann William Scott and Josh Peck.

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TOLDJA! Fox And Blue Sky Cast ‘Ice Age 4′

By | Thursday August 4, 2011 @ 4:31pm PDT

Jennifer Lopez, Jeremy Renner, Wanda Sykes, & Drake Join ’Ice Age 4′

LOS ANGELES, (August 4, 2011) – Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios today announced the voice cast for ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT, the fourth entry in Blue Sky’s blockbuster franchise, which has grossed over $4 billion in all media. Joining the ever-growing Ice Age family for Continental Drift is JEREMY RENNER, an Academy Award nominee for The Hurt Locker and The Town (and whose upcoming films include Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and The Bourne Legacy), who portrays Gutt, a self-styled master of the high seas who’s determined to make Manny, Sid and Diego part of his crew; WANDA SYKES as Sid’s stowaway Granny, who causes all sorts of problems for our heroes; AZIZ ANSARI as Squint, a prehistoric rabbit who fancies himself a tough guy;  actress-pop music star KEKE PALMER as Peaches, Manny and Ellie’s headstrong teenage daughter; hip hop sensation DRAKE as Ethan, a handsome young woolly mammoth who has his eye on Peaches – and JENNIFER LOPEZ as Shira, a sabre-toothed tigeress who melts Diego’s heart. Read More »

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Jennifer Lopez, Jeremy Renner, Wanda Sykes, & Drake Join Cast Of 2012 ‘Ice Age’

Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chair Tom Rothman and Fox Animation Studios president Vanessa Morrison gave a presentation on the Ice Age franchise today to potential licensees and promotional partners. Besides talking about the origin of the relationship with animation house Blue Sky Studio, Morrison introduced the cast of the 2012 installment in the franchise, Ice Age: Continental Drift. Ray Romano is back as Manny; Queen Latifah returns as Ellie; Dennis Leary as Diego; John Leguizamo as Sid; Seann William Scott & Josh Peck as Crash & Eddie. New to the cast are Jeremy Renner, who will portray Gutt; Wanda Sykes as Granny; Aziz Ansari is Walter; Keke Palmer is Peaches; hip hop star Drake is Ethan; and Jennifer Lopez is Shira, a snow leopard (which falls under that overall Fox deal she made to be a judge on American Idol). Romano and Latifah told the story of the new movie to the potential licensees and promotional partners and showed pencil tests and rough early animation. Morrison also talked about the franchise’s record-breaking success, what the growth of the franchise has meant for Fox, a Christmas TV special in November titled Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas on Fox broadcasting, a multiplayer game online, a mobile game, and a possible Ice Age On Ice touring show. Gee, you’d think this was Disney…

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