Twentieth Century Fox's 3-D toon "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" froze out Paramount's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" at the Wednesday box office, grossing an estimated $13.8 million as it unspooled in 3,993 theaters.
Opening day number marked a strong start for the third installment in the blockbuster "Ice Age" franchise, considered it was able to beat "Transformers 2."
A monster performer since debuting a week ago, "Transformers 2" grossed an estimated $10.9 million on Wednesday for a boffo cume of domestic cume of $240.9 million. (The action tentpole could still beat "Ice Age 3" for the long Fourth of July weekend.)
"Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Public Enemies" opened mid-week in order to get a jump on the holiday weekend.