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‘Transformers’ edges out ‘Ice Age’

Paramount pic wins holiday weekend

Paramount’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” won the July 4th weekend race at the domestic B.O. over 20th Century Fox’s 3-D toon “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.”

“Transformers 2” grossed roughly $42.4 million from 4,234 runs, while “Ice Age” grossed $41.6 million from 4,099 runs, according to preliminary numbers released Monday morning.

On Sunday, weekend estimates showed the two tentpoles ending the weekend in a dead-heat at $42.5 million each.

“Transformers 2”s” domestic cume through Sunday–its 12th day in release–was a massive $293.6 million.

“Ice Age 3’s” cume through Sunday was $66.6 million. Toon opened last Wednesday.

Weekend numbers may be adjusted slightly when final grosses are posted midday.

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