Nicki Minaj and Drake Lead 'Ice Age' to Box Office Victory
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.