By Ryan Parsons | Images property of The Weinstein Company
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The weekend box office for the weekend of April 14th is an interesting one. Though Scary Movie 4 and The Wild were ready to open under negative reviews, the 2006 moviegoer has not allowed these types of early reviews to effect box office numbers. Take for instance Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.
With all the mixed reviews it was hard to imagine that the film would out-due the original. Instead, the latest Blue Sky animation continues to smash box office numbers and now holds the title to a box office record or two.
Unfortunately for Disney, who were looking for a similar box office ride, The Wild missed by a long shot.
Box Office Report: The Wild, Scary Movie 4, Ice Age 2
Scary Movie 4 exploded into theatres this weekend while The Wild remained pretty domesticated.
Scary Movie 4 bowed to the biggest opening on Easter weekend with $41 million in ticket sales. Though The Weinstein Co. is sure to be thrilled, the film is also the first to show signs of age in the Scary franchise. Sure, $41 million is more than respectable for a genre spoof, but the film was 15% short of the opening weekend for Scary Movie 3.
While Scary Movie 4 laughed its way to the bank, Disney has to be cowering in some cage after seeing the numbers for The Wild. It is hard to say what caused the low turnout for The Wild, be it the early negative reviews, the lack of adult humor, or the fact that the market is already got its fix of CG animation with Ice Age 2. Which ever one it was, or a combination of all, The Wild could only gather a dismal $9.6 million for its opening weekend.
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Ice Age 2 continues to defrost at a rate that wouldn't suggest Global Warming. Dropping 40% from last weekend, the Blue Sky animation was still able to rake in $20 million.
Thanks mostly to Ice Age 2: The Meltdown and Scary Movie 4, it is now reported that the box office for 2006 is 4% ahead of the 2005 box office after the Easter weekend. With a giant collection of tentpole films kicking off in May, it is expected that this number will grow and the box office slump will be a thing of history.