brief review of 2012's middling Ice Age: Continental Drift, I wrote: "In a way, the film seems like a double episode of a TV series—this isn't the last we've seen of the franchise."
After a longer wait than many of us expected, 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios announced yesterday that Ice Age 5 is in production for release in theatres on July 15, 2016. (A longer the wait between sequels is usually better than a shorter one.)
Continental Drift performed very strongly at the box office. It had already raked in nearly $340 million overseas before opening at No. 1 in North America, where it earned $46.6 million in its opening weekend. The film's total worldwide lifetime gross stands at $877.2 million.