Fox’s $135 million family film The Croods
climbed out of its cave and straight to No. 1 at the box office on Friday, taking in $11.6 million in its first 24 hours. The colorful comedy, which was produced by DreamWorks Animation (whose last film, Rise of the Guardians
, forced the company to take an $87 million write-down), will benefit from strong Saturday showings and Sunday matinees with parents and children, and it should finish the weekend with a rock-solid $42 million.
In second, FilmDistrict’s White House thriller Olympus Has Fallen
broke out with a strong $10 million and is headed for a $28 million weekend — a