Box Office: Ice Age Knocks Out Spider-Man

Plus, anti-Obama doc opens with a splash in Texas. 

Posted: 07/16/2012 09:00 AM EDT
Ice Age

(Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)

Spidey's reign at the top of the box office didn't last long.

Fox Animation's Ice Age 4: Continental Drift snatched the top spot away from The Amazing Spider-Man with an impressive $46 million in ticket sales. The animated flick, voiced by Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Drake and others, put Spiderman in second place with $35 million. 

R-rated comedy Ted moved down a spot to third place, followed by Magic Mike and Pixar's Brave. Tyler Perry's latest Madea film, Madea's Witness Protection, stayed in the top ten with a total box office of $55.6 million. 

But the most interesting box office story of the weekend comes from a single theater in Texas, which screened the anti-Obama documentary 2016: Obama's America. The political film took in $31,750 on just one screen (compare that with Ice Age's $4,500 per-screen average) and raised plenty of controversy. 

"The theater manager said they received a lot of phone calls from people arguing they shouldn’t show the movie," a representative from the Regal Entertainment theater chain, which is screening the film, said. “His response was, ‘We don’t make movies, we just show them.'"

According to sources, protesters wearing pro-Obama T-shirts were out in full force. But with numbers like this, it's likely 2016: Obama's America will be expanding to many more theaters soon. 

Next week, The Dark Knight Rises will threaten to melt Ice Age's box-office supremacy.



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