Sunday, March 24, 2013

Box Office: A Huge Opening of 'Croods' with $45 Million

UPDATED: Overseas, "Croods" opens to $63.3 million for $108 million worldwide; elsewhere in North America, the Tina Fey-Paul Rudd specialty comedy "Admission" opens to soft $6.4 million, and "Spring Breakers" expands nationwide to gross a decent $5 million.

A bumbling prehistoric family and a terrorist takeover of the White House galvanized weekend moviegoers as new entries The Croods and Olympus Has Fallen took the top two spots at the North American box office.

Croods opened to a solid $44.7 million from 4,406 theaters after receiving a pleasing A CinemaScore. That's welcome news for Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation, whose previous film Rise of the Guardians was a box-office dud.

Overseas, Croods opened to $63.3 million from 47 markets for a total global bow of $108 million. The international figure includes roughly $17 million in previews from last weekend. Croods did especially well in Russia and key Latin American markets, including Mexico and Brazil, where it scored the top opening of all time for an original animated pic.

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