'The Croods' wins at the box office with a projected $42 million opening weekend

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Cavemen aren't exactly a sure thing when it comes to popular entertainment (remember that TV show?), but that didn't hurt Dreamworks Animation's new feature, "The Croods" from taking the box-office crown in its first week of release. With another new feature, "Olympus Has Fallen," taking second place, novelty was definitely a draw for Friday-Sunday (March 22-24).

"The Croods," a family-friendly film about a group of cave-people coming to grips with a new life, earned $11.6 million on Friday and is expected to bring in $42 million before the weekend is out. This puts the film far ahead of its closest competition, "Olympus Has Fallen," with a projected $28 million for its first three days of release.

Things weren't quite as positive for the only other major new release of the weekend, the Tina Fey and Paul Rudd comedy, "Admission," which ranked 5th overall at the box office. The film is set to earn only $6.4 million for its first weekend.

Other films rounding out the Top 10 are #3 "Oz the Great and Powerful" (week 3, $20.8 million, $176.3 million cumulative), #4 "The Call" (week 2, $8.4 million, $30.6 million cumulative), #6 "Spring Breakers" (week 2 of a limited run, $5 million, $5.5 million cumulative), #7 " The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" (week 2, $4.1 million, $17.3 million cumulative), #8 "Jack the Giant Slayer" (week 4, $2.7 million, $58.8 million cumulative), #9 "Identity Thief" (week 7, $2.5 million, $127.7 million cumulative), and #10 "Snitch" (week 5, $1.8 million, $40.2 million cumulative).

These numbers mark a major drop from the same weekend in 2012 -- "The Hunger Games" alone earned over $150 million for that weekend.

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