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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.

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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. (Read more box office stories.)

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