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‘The Croods’ is No. 1 at the box office

The caveman comedy ‘‘The Croods’’ opened at No. 1 with $44.7 million, according to Sunday studio estimates. The 3-D adventure from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox features a voice cast including Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Catherine Keener. They play a prehistoric family encountering danger and strange new creatures when they’re forced to find a new cave. Opening strongly in second place with $30.5 million was ‘‘Olympus Has Fallen,’’ an action thriller from ‘‘Training Day’’ director Antoine Fuqua in which North Korean terrorists take over the White House. Gerard Butler, as a Secret Service agent, leads an all-star cast that includes Aaron Eckhart as the president, Morgan Freeman, and Angela Bassett. ‘‘The Croods’’ has now made $108 million worldwide, also opening this weekend in Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain. In the United States, it’s the only game in town as far as animated films for the whole family, and it will continue to be so as kids head out of school for spring break over the next couple of weeks. ‘‘Olympus Has Fallen’’ also opened higher than expectations — much higher — given that FilmDistrict figured it would end up somewhere in the under-$20 million range, said president of distribution Jim Orr. This is by far the biggest debut for the independent distributor, which was founded in September 2010; the previous best was the $14.3 million the ‘‘Red Dawn’’ remake made over last year’s Thanksgiving weekend. This weekend’s haul is down 34 percent from the same weekend a year ago, when the juggernaut of ‘‘The Hunger Games’’ debuted. It made a whopping $152.5 million in its opening, which is more than all the films in theaters combined will have made this weekend. Among the other new films this weekend, the Tina Fey-Paul Rudd college comedy, ‘‘Admission,’’ from Focus Features opened in fifth place with just $6.4 million. The buzzed-about ‘‘Spring Breakers’’ from A24 Films, featuring Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, did well in its first nationwide expansion. It made $5 million on 1,104 screens for a total of $5.4 million over the past two weeks. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

Swinton at MoMA

Actress Tilda Swinton is performing the art of sleeping at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. A museum spokeswoman says the ‘‘Moonrise Kingdom’’ star presented her one-person piece called ‘‘The Maybe’’ on Saturday. In ‘‘The Maybe,’’ Swinton lies sleeping in a glass box for the day. The exhibit will move locations within the museum every time Swinton performs. There is no published schedule for the piece, which will occur about a half dozen more times through the end of the year. Swinton first performed the piece at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1995. In 1996, she performed it in the Museo Barracco in Rome. Swinton won an Oscar in 2008 for best supporting actress for her role in ‘‘Michael Clayton.’’

Kids Choice Awards

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Johnny Depp and Kristen Stewart avoided slime — mostly — while picking up blimp-shaped trophies at the Kids Choice Awards on Saturday. The ‘‘Dark Shadows’’ star won as favorite movie actor at the 26th annual awards extravaganza, while the ‘‘Twilight’’ leading lady was selected as favorite movie actress and female butt-kicker. ‘‘Dude, I was too much of a coward to accept this,’’ she said embracing the slime slathered on the podium at the University of Southern California’s
Galen Center. In one of his first acts as show host, ‘‘Transformers’’ star Josh Duhamel dumped the show’s signature green goo on Los Angeles Lakers player Dwight Howard. ‘‘I guess that’s what we call a slime dunk!’’ Duhamel said. Other winners included ‘‘Victorious’’ as favorite TV show, Katy Perry as favorite female singer, Adam Sandler as favorite voice from an animated movie for ‘‘Hotel Transylvania,’’ and ‘‘The Hunger Games’’ as favorite movie and book. ‘‘Always be nice to your parents,’’ Sandler told the crowd of screaming kids while accepting his awards. ‘‘Always be nice to your teachers.’’

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“Day 11/30 and 3 pages to show for it. Tough pages staring me down this week. Hope everyone finished their Sunday strong.” - A Sunday tweet from writer-director Jason Reitman, who recently challenged his fans to join him in writing at least a page a day for 30 days.

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