NEW YORK - With Batman lurking, the prehistoric critters of "Ice Age: Continental Drift" ran off with the box office, earning $46 million in their opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The animated film from 20th Century Fox, the fourth in the "Ice Age" series and the first in 3-D, had already done robust business overseas before it opened in the United States. This weekend, it earned $95 million internationally, bringing its overseas total to $339 million.
The weekend was inevitably shadowed by two superheroes, coming a week after the debut of Sony's Spider-Man reboot, "The Amazing Spider-Man," and one week before the highly anticipated Batman sequel, "The Dark Knight Rises."
In its second week of release, "Spider-Man" earned $35 million, pushing it past $200 million domestically.
Seth MacFarlane's R-rated comedy hit, "Ted," which stars Mark Wahlberg and a talking teddy bear, added $22.1 million in its third week for a total of $159 million for Universal Pictures.
The weekend business was, as expected, below the corresponding weekend last year, when the final Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," set what was then a box office record of $169.2 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com:
1. "Ice Age: Continental Drift," $46 million.
2. "The Amazing Spider-Man," $35 million.
3. "Ted," $22.1 million.
4. "Brave," $10.7 million.
5. "Magic Mike," $9 million.
6. "Savages," $8.7 million.
7. "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection," $5.6 million.
8. "Katy Perry: Part of Me," $3.7 million.
9. "Moonrise Kingdom," $3.7 million.
10. "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," $3.5 million.