Animated ‘Robots’ rule the box office |

Animated ‘Robots’ rule the box office

LOS ANGELES – “Robots” ruled the box office as the animated family flick debuted with $36.5 million – a solid opening, but well below the $46.3 million premiere of the filmmakers’ previous hit, “Ice Age.”While “Ice Age” opened with little competition for the family crowd, “Robots” faced Vin Diesel’s hit “The Pacifier,” the previous weekend’s No. 1 movie. “The Pacifier” finished a strong second with $18.1 million, lifting its 10-day total to $54.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.The weekend’s other new wide release, the Bruce Willis police thriller “Hostage,” debuted at No. 4 with $9.8 million.Mel Gibson’s religious blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ,” which grossed $370 million last year, made barely a ripple at theaters in a recut version that toned down the blood and violence. “The Passion Recut” played in 957 theaters but took in just $239,850.In sharp contrast to the firestorm over the original film, the new version of “The Passion” arrived quietly, with little fanfare. The fact that the original is available on DVD limited theatrical prospects for the recut edition.”Robots,” featuring the voices of Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Robin Williams and Mel Brooks, is the second feature-length cartoon tale from “Ice Age” directors Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha. The movie tracks the adventures of an idealistic robot inventor who moves to the big city.While “Robots” did not enter theaters with the profile of “Shrek 2” and “The Incredibles,” which opened to sky-high numbers, it had been expected to rival the opening weekends for 2002’s “Ice Age” and last year’s “Shark Tale.”

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