The computer-animated film bolts to the top, while Vin Diesel's Pacifier continues to draw fans

By Todd Peterson
Updated March 14, 2005 08:00 AM

The second animated film by Ice Age directors Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha proved to be the top draw at the box office this weekend, even if it wasn’t the hit that their debut effort was.

Robots, a family-friendly film that follows the adventures of a high-minded robot creator and features the voices of Robin Williams, Halle Berry, Ewan McGregor and Mel Brooks, took in $36.5 million during its opening weekend. Ice Age, by comparison, took in more than $46 million during its debut.

However, a representative for Fox, the film’s studio, said that the movie’s appeal to family audiences indicated it would enjoy continued success. “The holidays are coming up, kids are getting out of school, so it’s positioned wonderfully,” he said.

In its second week in theaters, the Vin Diesel comedy-action film The Pacifier continued to draw audiences. The film, which debuted in the top spot last weekend, fell to No. 2 with more than $18 million.

Be Cool, the Elmore Leonard adaptation starring John Travolta and Uma Thurman was in third place with $10.3 million, followed by Bruce Willis’s Hostage, which debuted at No. 4 with $9.8 million.

The weekend’s top 10 films are as follows:

1. Robots, $36.5 million
2. The Pacifier, $18.1 million
3. Be Cool, $10.3 million
4. Hostage, $9.8 million
5. Hitch, $8.7 million
6. Million Dollar Baby, $5.1 million
7. Diary of a Mad Black Woman, $5 million
8. Constantine, $3.7 million
9. Man of the House, $1.8 million
10. Cursed, $1.6 million