Box Office: ‘Prometheus’ Finds Alien Fans; ‘Madagascar 3’ Finds Gold

Prometheus and Madagascar

With all the talk of Ridley Scott, Damon Lindelof and the return of the Alien franchise, our best guess is that you too didn’t realize that a new Madagascar movie had hit theaters. It did, oddly enough. And families did not forget about it. In fact, they remembered it so vividly that it propelled Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted to a win over the R-rated Prometheus and a weekend win. The family toon featuring the voice work of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer became the second film in the franchise to top $60 million in its opening weekend, bested slightly by Madagascar 2‘s 2009 release. For Prometheus, it didn’t have much trouble becoming the highest opening of the Alien franchise, considering the rest of its competition opened in the 1980s and 1990s. Either way, $50 million dollars isn’t half bad for a second place finish.

Rounding out this weekend’s top five was a $10 million dollar take for Marvel’s The Avengers, still the reigning champion of 2012. With its $571 million dollar domestic take thus far, it has succeeded in becoming the third highest grossing film of all time. Only another $80 million to go before it takes out Titanic, though with an onslaught of summer mayhem standing in it’s way, that seems very unlikely. Marvel’s big team up will be a massive success, but it’s not going to get that Jim Cameron money. Next week will see the release of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pixar’s Brave, two films that are likely to take yet another bite out of The Avengers’ momentum.

For your perusal below is the weekend’s top five, based on Sunday night studio estimates.

  1. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $60.3m
  2. Prometheus – $50.0m
  3. Snow White and the Huntsman – $23.0m
  4. MIB 3 – $13.5m
  5. The Avengers – $10.8m

Here also is the 2012 domestic box office top five as of this past weekend:

  1. The Avengers – $571m
  2. The Hunger Games – $400m
  3. Dr. Suess’ The Lorax – $212m
  4. 21 Jump Street – $137m
  5. MIB 3 – #135m

Where do you think Pixar’s latest and The Dark Knight Rises will fit into this list when the summer is over?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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