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Thanksgiving Box Office Goes to The Croods

DreamWorks Animation sequel The Croods: A New Age (read our review) topped the Thanksgiving box office with an estimated $14.2 million its first five days. The movie brought in $9.71 million over the three-day weekend in North America.

If the $9.71 million estimate holds, The Croods: A New Age will have surpassed Tenet‘s opening of $9.35 million, making it the biggest domestic opening since Onward in March.

Internationally, the new Croods movie is on track to gross $20.8 million through Sunday from seven markets, with $19.2 million coming from China alone. The worldwide total so far is $35 million.

$2.6 million of the worldwide total for The Croods came from 868 IMAX screens worldwide. This includes $500K from 175 IMAX screens in North America and $2 million from 671 IMAX screens in China. The film is also playing in IMAX in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

The Croods: A New Age received an A CinemaScore and currently has a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

With The Croods: A New Age being the No. 1 film of the weekend, titles from Universal Pictures/Focus Features — Come Play (rent at Amazon), Let Him Go (rent at Amazon), Freaky ($770K this weekend, $7 million total), and now The Croods: A New Age — will have topped the domestic box office for five straight weeks, and will account for four of the top five movies at this weekend’s box office.

As theater closures force some exhibitors to shut down or scale back in certain regions, Universal is still on track to release four more titles through Christmas Day, including All My Life (12/4), Half Brothers (12/4), Promising Young Woman (12/25) and News of the World (12/25).

The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to surviving the end of the world, but now they will face their biggest challenge of all: another family.

The Croods need a new place to live. So, the first prehistoric family sets off into the world in search of a safer place to call home. When they discover an idyllic walled-in paradise that meets all their needs, they think their problems are solved… except for one thing. Another family already lives there: the Bettermans.

The Bettermans (emphasis on the “better”) — with their elaborate tree house, amazing inventions and irrigated acres of fresh produce — are a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder.

When they take the Croods in as the world’s first houseguests, it isn’t long before tensions escalate between the cave family and the modern family.

Just when all seems lost, a new threat will propel both families on an epic adventure outside the safety of the wall, one that will force them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together.

The Croods: A New Age features the voice talent of returning stars Nicolas Cage as Grug Crood, Catherine Keener as Ugga Crood, Emma Stone as their daughter, Eep; Ryan Reynolds as Eep’s boyfriend, Guy; Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) as Thunk and Cloris Leachman as Gran.

They’re joined by new stars Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game of Thrones) as Phil Betterman, Leslie Mann (Blockers) as Hope Betterman, and Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as their daughter, Dawn.

The film is directed by Joel Crawford, who has worked on multiple DreamWorks Animation films, including Trolls and the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

The Croods: A New Age is produced by Mark Swift (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted).

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