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It's a mammoth task for DreamWorks to be as successful as Pixar, but its latest caveman caper has opened at No 1

The Croods scored a No 1 North American launch at the weekend for DreamWorks Animation. An estimated $44.7m is nothing to sniff at, nor is the $63.3m international debut or the $8.3m No 1 UK spot, but Wall Street will still take some convincing. DreamWorks has made some exceptional movies, but in terms of commerce it is no Pixar – its results usually trail its competitor each year. The studio took an $87m writedown for its last release, Rise of the Guardians, so the analysts will have the knives out, watching to see how The Croods performs in the coming weeks.

That said, the $107m worldwide opening weekend seems like the minimum threshold the movie needed to reach, so this is a decent start heading into the Easter holidays.

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