Meanwhile, the overseas box office was blanketed by a new Ice Age.
The latest installment of the animated franchise, Continental Drift, earned $80.3 million in its opening weekend in 35 countries. The three previous entries also performed far more strongly abroad than they did domestically. Indeed, the third Ice Age movie grossed $690.1 million abroad -- three times what it earned domestically.
Meanwhile, Sony dropped The Amazing Spider-Man into 13 foreign markets, mostly in Asia, where it nabbed $51.1 million. The movie is due to expand into most other major overseas markets next weekend.
What's new in the music world this week?
'Sounds of Silence' was released on this day (January 17th) in 1966.
Listen to Alex Bayly performing 'Animal'.
Two weeks ahead of Independent Venue Week, Dry Cleaning made 'Britain's Best Small Venue 2015' (NME) the second port of call on their 2020 tour.
'Leave Home' was released on this day (January 10th) in 1977.
For their last gig of the year, The Libertines came back to their adopted hometown of Margate to finish off their latest tour.
Celebrating the birthday of David Bowie with his most legendary songs.