Box Office Numbers: ‘Madagascar 3’ Crashes ‘Prometheus’

Posted: June 10, 2012 in Movies

If you predicted that Dreamworks’ Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted was going to bring in $60M on its opening weekend and leave Ridley Scott’s Prometheus in its dust…I have some lottery tickets I’d like your help with.  It’s exactly what happened though this weekend where the two films went head to head.

It was a safe bet that Madagascar 3 was going to bring in a bunch of money this weekend but I didn’t think that it would have topped Prometheus seeing how the world has been waiting for a Ridley Scott Alien movie since the 70’s.  They’re two different movies, aimed at two different demographics…but in the end I really do think both accomplished what they set out to do.  Prometheus ended up taking in $50M this weekend, and for an R rated film – during the summer, that’s a pretty substantial haul.

Snow White and the Huntsman continued its strong running by still managing to bring in $23M in its second week.  The film is a perfect blend of romance, action, and drama.  Charlize Theron gives maybe her most chilling performance as the evil Queen Raveena.  While Kristen Stewart does her best not to say anything while giving off a shit ton of teen angst, I never got the feel that the movie was going to become dull or campy.  It’s well worth your time, considering it’s summer and you have nothing better to do.

The fourth and fifth films at the box office this weekend were Men in Black 3 and The Avengers bringing in $13M and $10M respectively.  It should be noted that The Avengers is dangerously close to becoming irrelevant only one month into the summer.  It’s the price you pay when you make $200M your opening weekend.

Here’s the rest of the top 10:

*numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $60.3 (NEW)

2) Prometheus – $50 (NEW)

3) Snow White and the Huntsman – $23 ($98.5)

4 ) Men in Black 3 – $13.5 ($135.5)

5) Marvel’s The Avengers – $10.8 ($571.8)

6) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – $3.2 ($31)

7) What to Expect When You’re Expecting – $2.7 ($35.7)

8) Battleship – $2.2 ($59.8)

9) The Dictator – $2.1 ($55.1)

10) Moonrise Kingdom – $1.5 ($3.7)

Via Box Office Mojo



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