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The Croods, Olympus Has Fallen provide box office boost

The Croods, which features characters voiced by Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone, debuted to a robust $44.7 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods debuted to a healthy $44.7 million in the US this weekend, marking one of 2013’s best starts. The 3D family film centers on a clan of prehistoric cave people voiced by Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Catherine Keener. The relatively robust earnings could not match those of last year’s The Hunger Games, which raked in $152.5 million on the same weekend last year. However, with Easter weekend and school vacations coming up, The Croods seems to be in a good position. Internationally, the film also ranked first with $63.3 million.

Olympus Has Fallen also received a warm welcome at cinemas this weekend with a $30.5 million opening in second place. The action thriller starring Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart is the first film about a siege on the White House to open this year — however, the similarly premised White House Down starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx is still to come in June. Olympus Has Fallen debuts in the UK April 17.

Holdovers filled the next two slots. Oz The Great and Powerful came in third with $22 million for a domestic total of $177.6 million so far. While impressive, the figure still puts the 3D fantasy adventure on track to gross $100 million less than the oft-compared Alice In Wonderland, which earned $334.2 million. Internationally, Oz ranked second with $21.7 million. Halle Berry thriller The Call came in fourth place in its second week of release with $8.7 million, for a total of $30.9 million so far.

The Tina Fey and Paul Rudd starring Admission disappointed in its first week with a measly $6.4 million in fifth place, which marks Fey’s lowest live-action debut ever, and is even lower than Rudd’s box office duds Our Idiot Brother ($7 million) and Wanderlust ($6.5 million). Lukewarm reviews suggest this won’t be another Fey cult classic for her post-30 Rock years.

Spring Breakers, which features former Disney Channel stars Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, expanded nationwide and ranked sixth on the US charts with $5 million. Controversial director Harmony Korine’s satire of university aged partiers on Spring Break used a low-budget marketing campaign and seems to have had some success among a niche arthouse crowd. The indie debuts in the UK April 5.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone plummeted to seventh place in its second week, earning only $4.3 million for a domestic total of $17.4 million. The Steve Carell and Jim Carrey comedy received neither critical praise nor large crowds, cementing its status as a flop.

In eighth place, Jack the Giant Slayer earned $3 million for a domestic total of $59.1 million so far. The action adventure flick also ranked internationally, coming in third place with $19.3 million. Back in the US, Identity Thief ranked ninth, adding $2.5 million to a running total of $127.7 million, while Snitch rounded out the top ten with $1.9 million and a total of $40.3 million.

Completing the international top five, A Good Day to Die Hard ranked fourth with $10.5 million, while Resident Evil: Retribution finally made its debut in China, and ranked fifth having earned $5.1 million in China exclusively.

Next week, US releases include G.I. Joe: Retaliation on Thursday, plus sci-fi thriller The Host based on Twilight scribe Stephenie Meyer’s book series and Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor on Friday. In the UK, Danny Boyle’s Trance and G.I. Joe: Retaliation debut on Wednesday, while Finding Nemo 3D and The Host hit cinemas Friday.

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