Ice Age: Continental Drift storms to top of US chart
Ice Age: Continental Drift has stormed to the top of the US box office chart in its opening weekend.
The fourth film in the hit animated franchise took $46m (£29.6m), according to early estimates.
Ray Romano and John Leguizamo are among the stars reprising their roles as the voices of pre-historic animals Manny the mammoth and Sid the sloth.
Last week's number one, The Amazing Spider-Man, fell to second place with $35m (£22.3m).
The superhero film has now taken $201m (£129m) in US ticket sales after two weeks of release.
Including another $320m (£205.7m) from foreign markets, worldwide ticket sales currently stand at $521m (£334.9m), easily making it among the year's top movies.
NORTH AMERICAN BOX OFFICE
1. Ice Age: Continental Drift - $46m
2. The Amazing Spider-Man - $35m
3. Ted - $22.1m
4. Brave - $10.7m
5. Magic Mike - $9m
Seth MacFarlane's R-rated comedy Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg opposite a foul-mouthed CGI teddy bear, finished at three with $22.1m (£14.2m).
Pixar's latest animation, Brave, was the second family film in the top five at four.
While male stripper comedy Magic Magic held firm at five with $9m (£5.8m) worth of ticket sales.
Box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian said the weekend's business was, as expected, below the corresponding weekend last year when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, set what was then a box office record of $169.2m (£108.8m).
However that situation is likely to change with the much-anticipated release of the final of director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, this week.