'Transformers' on top heading into holiday

'Ice Age' sequel close behind in its Friday tally

Fending off prehistoric toons and the FBI's most wanted, Paramount's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" held on to the top spot at the North American boxoffice on Friday as the Fourth of July weekend kicked into gear.

Michael Bay's destruction debut took in an estimated $17.8 million for the day, the movie's 10th day of release as its cumulative domestic gross moves ever closer to the $300 million mark.

20th Century Fox's animated, PG-rated "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," which actually debuted in the top slot Wednesday, slipped just behind "Transformers" on Thursday and held that position on Friday, nipping on the heels of "Transformers," as it collected about $17 million in 4,099 locations.

"Transformers" and "Ice Age" should continue to run neck-and-neck through the weekend, with both pictures taking in about $45 million, a little more, a little less, between Friday and Sunday.

Opting to reach out to moviegoers in the mood for more serious fare, Universal rolled out Michael Mann's R-rated "Public Enemies," starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, on Wednesday, and it's securely occupied a secure spot as No. 3 ever since.

Picking up $10.1 million on Friday from 3,334, its weekend haul looks as if it will be in the $25 million range for a first-five-day number of about $35 million-$40 million.

In fourth place, Disney's rom-com "The Proposal" continued to find takers, grossing $5.2 million for the day.

And in fifth, Warners' durable "The Hangover" downed another $4.5 million as it readied itself to cross the $200 million mark.
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