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"Ice Age" heats up box office with record opening

 Actor Ray Romano, who gives his voice to Manny in the animated movie
Actor Ray Romano, who gives his voice to Manny in the animated movie 'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs' poses for a portrait in Marina del Rey, California in this June 8, 2009 file photo. The movie grossed a cool $13.8 million in North American theaters on Wednesday, marking Hollywood's biggest mid-week opening for an animated film. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" grossed a cool $13.8 million in North American theaters on Wednesday, marking Hollywood's biggest mid-week opening for an animated film.

The previous record Wednesday opening in the United States and Canada for a cartoon feature was "Shrek 2," which sold $11.8 million its first day in May 2004, according to the film tracking service Hollywood.com Box-Office.

The third installment of "Ice Age," the hit film franchise starring a computer-animated cast of prehistoric critters, also bested the blockbuster "Transformers" sequel, which sold $11.2 million on Wednesday, its eighth day in release.

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which opened last week at the top of the box office, has now amassed domestic ticket sales of about $240 million.

Box office analysts say "Transformers 2" has a chance of holding on to the No. 1 spot for the U.S. July 4th holiday weekend as a whole, but the 3-D movie "Ice Age" is considered the front-runner for first place.

A third-place finish is likely to go to the period gangster drama "Public Enemies," starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, which opened Wednesday with $8.2 million in U.S.-Canadian ticket sales.

"Ice Age" is distributed by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp. "Transformers" was released by Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures. "Public Enemies" is a release of Universal Pictures, controlled by General Electric.

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