Madagascar 3 Tops the Weekend Box Office
Family audiences went were driven to the theaters this weekend and turned out for “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” pushing the DreamWorks Animation CGI sequel to a better-than-expected $60.3 million weekend at the U.S. box office.
“Madagascar 3″ turned in the biggest debut weekend in the franchise history, and the best opening for DreamWorks Animation since “Shrek 4″ bowed to $70 million in 2008. The third film in the franchise after four years since the last Madagascar and the numbers suggest it not only connected with earlier fans but made some new ones. “Madagascar 3″ follows the gang, refugees from a New York zoo, as they try to make their way back to the Big Apple from Europe and join a traveling circus. Frances McDormand, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston and Martin Short have joined the voice cast, along with returnees Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer. Noah Baumbach (“Fantastic Mr. Fox”) comes aboard as a co-writer with Eric Darnell, who directs.
Big turnouts on Saturday and Sunday pushed it past Fox and Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,” which made had led after taking in $21.4 million Friday, and went on to an impressive $50 million for the weekend. “Madagascar 3″ also hauled in $75.5 million from 28 overseas territories in its first weekend — including an eye-popping $16.5 million from Russia — making it the weekend’s No. 1 film worldwide. What do you think of this? Did you check out the third Madagascar film?
Source News: MSN Entertainment