Madagascar 3 and Prometheus Reign Supreme at the Box Office Over the Weekend

Madagascar 3

Those wild animals in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted showed their box office heft, beating out Prometheus to land atop the overall box office for the weekend. The opener for the third installment of the animated feature figured bigger than anticipated for the pic which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last month and is clearly flexing its franchise prowess. The film had an 8% increase Saturday, bringing out families. But Prometheus is certainly not a disappointment. The feature also had better than expected numbers. Internationally, the pic stood at $91.5 million over the weekend after nearly two weeks in release in some territories and its IMAX $9.1 million total is a June record.

1. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (3-D animated)
Gross: $60.35 million
Screens: 4,258 (PSA: $14,173)
Weeks: 1
Certainly not a bad start for the animated film and on par with its previous installment, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which opened also in first place back in 2008 with a $63.1 million gross in 4,056 theaters (for an impressive $15,559 average). That film went on to gross over $180 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo and nearly $424 million worldwide.

2. Prometheus
Gross: $50 million
Screens: 3,396 (PSA: $14,723)
Weeks: 1.
Prometheus actually slightly topped Madagascar in the per screen average take by $550. Worldwide, Prometheus has seen $141.5 million so far since it first hit screens abroad in addition to this weekend's domestic debut.

3. Snow White and the Huntsman
Gross: $23.02 million
Screens: 3,777 (PSA: $6,095)
Week: 2 (Change: - 60%)
The Kristen Stewart starter added just four more theaters in its second weekend, dropping to number 3 in the ranking with a 60% drop in overall gross compared to its opening $56.255 million last week. The movie has picked up $182 million worldwide so far.

4. Men in Black 3 3-D
Gross: $13.5 million
Screens: 3,792 (PSA: $3,560)
Week: 3 (Change: - 54%)
Another pretty big drop for Men in Black though 456 locations fewer screened the title over the previous weekend. Still, the pic has amassed $441.7 million internationally. That's some serious cha-ching!

5. The Avengers
Gross: $10.8 million
Screens: 3,129 (PSA: $3,454)
Week: 6 (Change: -47%)
Still going strong, the year's biggest film so far has grossed nearly $1.4 billion worldwide.

6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Gross: $3,235,000
Screens: 1,298 (PSA: 2,492)
Week: 6 (Change: -28%)
The specialty has stayed in the top ten of the overall box office after its initial roll out in only dozens of theaters. It held onto number 6 among all releases last weekend, despite being in comparatively far fewer venues and its gross decline was only 28% compared to the previous week.

And what did you see this weekend? Was it worth it?


  • Wildeyed says:

    "456 locations less" Learn the difference between "less" and fewer", please.

  • jimo says:

    Prometheus actually outperformed Madagascar3 since it opened in less theatres this weekend in the USA, if opened in same number of venues Prometheus would hands down beatin Madagascar3 for #1 spot. See below,

    Ridley Scott's return to sci-fi, "Prometheus," invaded theaters in second place with $50 million. The $130 million Fox thriller, which stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, and current box office (ice) queen Charlize Theron, conjured an impressive $14,723 per theater average from 3,396 locations (ahead of "Madagascar's" $14,123 average from 4,258 venues).

    Madagascar3 opened in 862 more theatres than Prometheus this weekend and so Prometheus earns the #1 spot hands down with more earnings per venue. You have to make a fair comparison, otherwise it's an ignorant statement on your behalf, comparisons should be made with equal parameters otherwise it's a false and inaccurate statement.

    • Jen Yamato says:

      We list the PSAs for each film in the report, so you can see both parameters. Overall #1 gross goes to Madagascar 3 for the "win." If anyone used PSA to determine #1 spot then Moonrise Kingdom (#10 this week) would be the winner with $16,448 per screen in 96 locations. So... yeah.

  • jimo says:

    If you avergage it out with equal paramaters, Prometheus wins with 62,69x,xxx million, very simple math.

  • Terry says:

    The difference between Madagascar's winnings and those of Prometheus is the difference between children, who will not read these reviews, nor understand much about philosophy. Prometheus wins, period, because the measure is really much more about importance than ignorance.

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