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'Transformers,' 'Ice Age' battle for top spot

MUMBAI: Paramount‘s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Twentieth Century Fox‘s 3-D toon Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ended in a photo finish last Thursday at the US box office, with Transformers 2 narrowly winning.

Transformers 2 grossed $11.5 million from 4,234 runs, putting its domestic cume at $250.9 million in its 9th day in release. Ice Age 3 grossed $11.1 million from 4,032 for a two-day cume of $24.9 million in its second day in release. Of its total theatre count, roughly 1,606 are 3-D screens.


Johnny Depp topliner Public Enemies which grossed $6.6 million from 3,319 for a two-day cume of $14.8 million. One studio executive said that the Box-Office is poised for a very solid holiday weekend, pointing out there is "something for everyone," whether action tent pole, family fare or adult drama.


Ice Age 3 and Public Enemies opened mid-week in order to get a jump on the holiday weekend, when traffic could be slowed because of 4 July falling on a Saturday. Box office observers say Ice Age 3 and Transformers 2 could remain in a dead heat over the weekend.

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