The Croods Swings to $44.7M

'Olympus' marks end of Gerard Butler's slide, 'Admission' struggles

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 24, 2013 12:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – DreamWorks' prehistoric comedy The Croods grabbed the weekend win, reports the AP, with a muscular $44.7 million in its opening weekend. Gerard Butler's terrorist thriller Olympus Has Fallen was close behind, with $30.5 million, notes the Hollywood Reporter, allowing the actor to save a little face after a string of bombs. Olympus outperformed the expectations of its own distributor, which had pegged it at under $20 million.

Oz the Great and Powerful grabbed the No. 3 spot with $22 million, and The Call pulled in $8.7 million. Tina Fey-Paul Rudd vehicle Admission, meanwhile, came in at No. 5 with a soft $6.4 million, while Spring Breakers picked up steam with $5 million.

Belt the sloth, voiced by Chris Sanders, Guy, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, and Eep, voiced by Emma Stone, in a scene from The Croods.
Belt the sloth, voiced by Chris Sanders, Guy, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, and Eep, voiced by Emma Stone, in a scene from "The Croods."   (AP Photo/DreamWorks Animation)
The character Eep, voiced by Emma Stone, in a scene from The Croods.
The character Eep, voiced by Emma Stone, in a scene from "The Croods."   (AP Photo/DreamWorks Animation)
Belt the sloth, (voiced by Chris Sanders), Guy, (Ryan Reynolds), Eep, (Emma Stone), Ugga, (Catherine Keener), holding Sandy, (Randy Thom), Thunk, (Clark Duke), and Gran, (Cloris Leachman).
Belt the sloth, (voiced by Chris Sanders), Guy, (Ryan Reynolds), Eep, (Emma Stone), Ugga, (Catherine Keener), holding Sandy, (Randy Thom), Thunk, (Clark Duke), and Gran, (Cloris Leachman).   (AP Photo/DreamWorks Animation)
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