Nicki Minaj and Drake Lead ‘Ice Age’ to Box Office Victory

Nicki Minaj in Ice Age

It was a mammoth weekend at the box office as Ice Age: Continental Drift fended off Spider-Man and a talking Teddy Bear to debut at No. 1.

The fourth installment in the animated series, which stars Drake, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, and Queen Latifah, pulled in $46 million, according to studio estimates. Its icy grip was enough to edge out The Amazing Spider-Man ($35 million) and Ted ($22.1 million).

The film was a bigger success overseas. Before the movie’s U.S. debut, it had already taken in $200 million in sales internationally, and raked in an additional $95.2 million from 64 foreign markets, bringing its total abroad to $339.2 million.

The “Starships” rapper plays a woolly mammoth named Steffie in the film, while her Young Money labelmate Drake voices Ethan, a mammoth who makes all the ladies swoon.



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56 Comments

  1. CC

    need to go see this =D

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    ICE AGE ALWAYS WINS!!! Reply:

    @CC,

    ITS A FU..ING LIE! ICE AGE ALREADY HAD A LARGE FAN BASE – SO DRAKE & NICKI DID NOTHING AT ALL! THEY’VE ALWAYS SUCCEEDED. GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE & NICKI/DRAKE DID NOTHING TO SCORE THE WIN!

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    CC Reply:

    @ICE AGE ALWAYS WINS!!!, tbh i never saw the 2nd or 3rd one and the only reason i can think of going to see this is cos i stan for Nicki Minaj #JustSaying

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    Pow Reply:

    @CC, you’re weak minded…the perfect fan!

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    ICE AGE ALWAYS WINS!!! Reply:

    @Pow, LMAO!

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    TeamMinaj Reply:

    @Pow, she’s weak minded because she likes Drake or Nicki? You’re weak minded for even going there. Damn, you mad?

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    ICE AGE ALWAYS WINS!!! Reply:

    @CC,
    IM NOT KNOCKING HER HUSTLE – BUT ICE AGE ITS AS THE NEXT BIG THING AFTER TOY STORY ETC! WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE FILMS FAMOUS VOICES OR NOT!!! NOBODY CAN BEAT SID IS ALL IM SAAAAYING!!!

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    Sarah Reply:

    @ICE AGE ALWAYS WINS!!!, ACTUALLY this Ice age sold the most money out of all of them. & yes, the reason is for Nicki & Drake. When i went there were more teenagers than anything.. soo.

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    TeamMinaj Reply:

    @ICE AGE ALWAYS WINS!!!, so J.LO didn’t help bring the parents in, or Nicki, or Drake? Quit hating!

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  2. kwayzee

    WOW. They knew what they were doing. They knew having Nicki and Drake would pull in that money lol

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    Queen Kimmy Blanco Reply:

    @kwayzee, I was suppose to play Steffie but I knew she would be better in that spot

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    DRAGHOES Reply:

    @Queen Kimmy Blanco, I agree

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    coolio Reply:

    @kwayzee, I doubt parents took their kids to see this movie because Drake and Nicki were in it.

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    OpD2 Reply:

    @coolio, doubting you doubtful.

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    Queen Kimmy Blanco Reply:

    @OpD2, I 2nd that

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  3. ayo

    not a fan of ice age so probably not watching it
    but its a good start for nicki and drake
    they winning

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  4. jadakiss

    lmao because you know, this was the first Ice Age right ? don’t be idiots “Nicki & Drake” didn’t help shit. this franchise been debuting at #1 ever since it was made … smh

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    :O youMADstayMAD Reply:

    @jadakiss, are you mad?

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    ...... Reply:

    @jadakiss, Thank you!!!!!! Her fans wouldn’t understand that.

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    Get Money B!tch Reply:

    @jadakiss, Stop using drugs and put those haterade pills down you’re overdosing!

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    ayo Reply:

    @jadakiss, very true tbh

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    Jds Reply:

    @jadakiss, Exactly do ppl actually think that beku of them it was number 1? Kuz tht is a load of bs tbh… I’m Not hating kuz I’m a big drake and nicki fan but ppl can’t seriously believe that Just because of them two that it debut at number one? Their parts weren’t even That big

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  5. :O youMADstayMAD

    great f*cking job! so proud of them!

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  6. FckYouSaidBXTCH

    YASSSS (:

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  7. Jade

    Congratulations for them being a part of this movie, but I think they were more along for the ride as this franchise is already well established. This movie would have been huge with or without them.

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    BoojieKid Reply:

    @Jade, I completely agree.

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    Jds Reply:

    @Jade, Me too

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  8. Get Money B!tch

    Hip Hip Hurray!! Go King and Queen of Hip Hop!

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  9. Ocean

    they didn’t lead shit, they weren’t the only ones in the movie. it would have been a box office hit regardless.

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  10. Hugh

    Imma see BRAVE 2moro.

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    Nick Reply:

    @Hugh, BAHAHAHAHAH LOL ME TOO

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  11. boom boom

    She’s a BRAND bitch, a BRAND BITCH.
    Nicki winning!

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  12. Outspoken

    Um didn’t these movies always go number one? Lol plus their part were minor.

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  13. Morgan

    This movie was most likely going to be #1 regardless because it’s actually quite funny (as is Madagascar) and kids were going to worry the hell out of their parents to take them (just like they did Smurfs) lol … congrats to everyone involved, though.

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  14. SHAD

    DAMN! Jump off Nicki, its not like she wrote this article. Is the movie a success because of Nicki no.. But is she successful for taking part in the movie YES!

    I mean give Nicki the credit she is owed. You name me an artist who has been out for 2 years, that has accomplished what Nicki has.You can never discredit Nicki Minaj’s success……

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  15. OpD2

    congratz to drake and nicki,you people making it seems like both of them didn’t play a part in the success of this movie,even if it was going to go#1 without them it don’t matter,because both of them brought in new people to the franchies and they are the reason alot of there fans went to see the movies,so down play them all you want them did play a part in the success of the movie even if,it,s a big franchies to biggin with.

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  16. lol

    Drake and Nicki were the only reason I went….twice.

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    Esther Reply:

    @lol,
    You watched Ice Age 4 so you could see Nicki Minaj deliver two lines and watch Drake for the only 10-15 minutes he was in the movie (if even that)? Someone clearly needs friends. Or a life at least.

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  17. TheDreamer

    I doubt Nicki and Drake being in the movie was the reason the movie was at the top. Congrats to them though.

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  18. Beyoncé:I Am Your Leader

    RapUp now ya’ll know this is a damn REACH. Ice Age is a successful movie franchise with or without them two so don’t act like the movie just became successful due to them. Also Since you wanna claim they “helped” lead the movie then you need to include J.Lo then also since she was in the movie.

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  19. AllAmerykhanBoy

    That’s Not The Point Alot Of People On Tumblr/Twitter/Blogs/Facebook Were Saying They Were Gonna Check This Out Because Of Mostly Nicki Minaj. So It Gained Alot Of New Fans Through New Stars. So Its Most Importantly The Success Nicki Minaj Is Getting Out Of This Thats The Hype

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    BEEN A FAN Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, RIGHT CUZ NO ONE WAS CHECKIN THE OTHERS 2 ICe AGES MOVIES WAS A FLOP TO ME SO YEA I THINK JLO, NICKI, DRAKE KINDA BROUHT THIS MOVIE BIG IN THE SCREENS SO ALOT PPL COULD GET IN VIEWERS

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    Beyoncé:I Am Your Leader Reply:

    @BEEN A FAN, Let me get you together. Google will be your friend. Ice Age 2:The Meltdown opened with $68,033,544, the highest for a movie after Passions of the Christ for it’s year and also raked in $195,330,621 total in the US for a film in ’06. Ice Age 3:Dawn of the Dinosaurs opened with $13,791,157 in the US. So clearly people where checking for the other two movies. Research before you speak.

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    Beyoncé:I Am Your Leader Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, Read what you typed. Sounds like bullshit. Only the bi-polar Nicki stans would go see it anybody else who is not fans of the franchise didn’t see it.. My friends with kids said they opted out from taking their kids to see it due to Nicki and Drake. And

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  20. trina

    thier roles was minimal in this movie more like cameos….. and they was playing cartoon characters for a debute.. like really rap up dont be trying to hype them up.. ice age has always done extremely well at the box office.

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  21. Rauno

    Ice Age was already an extremely succesful franchise and Drake-Nicki didn’t have anything to do with the good numbers. Ice Age 4 had.

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  22. bigman

    Please i watched it n 2 be honest nickis voice was annoying n drake never had alot of roles da 1s who made da film was wanda sykes n da short guy from game of thrones

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  23. lily

    It did make more opening weekened for this one than the thrid one so I’m sure some of that is due to drake and nicki I know plenty of TEENS who would never go see this kiddy movie but went to see it cause nicki and drake was in it . But also true its a big frfanchis either way nicki and drake can say they was starrin g in a # 1 movie and have a #1 album certain others *cough * rihanna * can’t * lol

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  24. chris

    i hope this movie is good

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  25. Fico

    PAAAAA LEASE. I like nicki n drake but lets b serious. If u sneezed u missed their parts. Only reason i went was for JLO, who actually was throughout the movie.

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  26. GlenJ

    Not being funny I didn’t know Drake was even in this film? LOL.
    I highly doubt people are going to watch this movie because Drake and Nicki Minaj have done voice overs in it, Ice Age was a pretty damn good movie anyway.

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  27. Lisa

    I agree Nicki and Drake didn’t lead squat. All they did was latch on to a successful franchise.

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  28. cooleyhigh

    “nicki & drake lead ‘ice age’ to box office victory

    really Rap-up? really? because the other installments were doing so bad at the box office before…pffttt

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  29. Ron

    I have buy the Pink Friday Nicki Minaj Live Concert Tickets From TikBuzz.Co.Uk. I am going to see the live concert soon. So Waiting for that day…… Thanks to TikBuzz who provided me a great offer.

    Nicki Minaj I m cuming there…..

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  30. Esther

    @Get Money B!tch,

    And get some pills for these delusions you’re having. It doesn’t take a hater to realize that Nicki Minaj and Drake weren’t “responsible” for Ice Age 4′s success. They definitely contributed to it significantly with their large fanbase but seeing as how Nicki Minaj had like 2 lines and Drake did still only play a minor role, it’d be a joke to say that they were the root of this Ice Age’s success. I have nothing against Nicki Minaj or Drake so lay off if you take offense to this. No need to get defensive like a 13 year old girl (though you probably are one) and whine everytime someone disagrees with you.

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  31. MAino

    The movie would have been phenomenally successful with or without nic n drake cuz dey didnt invent theya own lines

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