The latest Ice Age sequel is freezing out the Transformers at the U.S. box office after scoring an opening day take of $13.8 million (£9.2 million).
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs opened in almost 4,000 cinemas on Wednesday (01Jul09) and scored a new record for the biggest opening day gross for an animated film bowing on a Wednesday.
Shrek 2 opened with $11.8 million (£7.86 million) on a Wednesday in May, 2004.
Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen claimed the biggest Wednesday gross of all-time last week (24Jun09); the sequel took in more than $60 million (£40 million) in its first day on release.
That's the second biggest single-day gross in U.S. box office history - $7 million (£4.6 million) behind The Dark Knight's overall single-day record, which was set last year (08).
A week later and the Transformers sequel is still racking up huge box office numbers - it grossed an estimated $10.9 million (£7.2 million) on Wednesday, according to trade magazine Daily Variety.
The Michael Bay blockbuster has tallied over $240 million (£160) in just eight days.
Despite the strong start from the Ice Age sequel, industry experts expect Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen to hold on to the number one spot at the U.S box office.
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