Dawn of the Dinosaurs, meanwhile, collected $67.5 million over the five-day holiday weekend. That's not a bad showing either; its franchise predecessor collected about that much in its first three-day weekend, but it had virtually no competition at the end of March in 2006. The third film's numbers are likely enough to keep the franchise alive.
I was impressed with the showing for Public Enemies, which really leveraged its cast and gangster movie hook to the tune of $26.2 million over three days, and $41 million over five. Michael Mann's current top box office performer is Collateral with just over $100 million; it's unclear that Public Enemies, which is lengthy, difficult and dark, will be able to hang on long enough to toy with that number. But I think it's already earned a minor victory.
*Edited to note: The deadlock was broken in favor of Transformers, $42.3 million vs. $41.7 million.
The full top 10 after the jump.
1 - Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) - $42.50 ($10,368) - $67.51
2 - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount/Dreamworks) - $42.50 ($10,038) - $293.46
3 - Public Enemies (Universal) - $26.17 ($7,850) - $41.04
4 - The Proposal (Disney) - $12.78 ($4,124) - $94.23
5 - The Hangover (Warner Bros.) - $10.42 ($3,393) - $204.20
6 - Up (Disney) - $6.58 ($2,477) - $264.87
7 - My Sister's Keeper (Warner Bros.) - $5.26 ($2,017) - $25.96
8 - The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Sony) - $2.50 ($1,310) - $58.47
9 - Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Fox) - $2.10 ($1,480) - $167.76
10 - Year One (Sony) - $2.10 ($938) - $38.09
Next week: Bruno is a tougher sell than Borat. How will it do? Fox's I Love You Beth Cooper, based on a very funny book, will try to give it some new competition.