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1. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (Dreamworks): $60.3 million in 4,258 theaters
Any fears of a summer box office slump have been doused in large piles of money. After May was dominated by The Avengers and nothing else, totals are up 30 percent compared to the same weekend last year. last year. The third addition to the Madagascar franchise benefitted from a drought of family-friendly fare, but expectations were never low considering the success of the first two. I guess this means Sacha Baron Cohen hasn't been a total failure at the box office this year?
2. Prometheus (Fox): $50 million in 3,396 theaters
Directed by Ridley Scott, written by Damon Lindelof, and starring Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron? Okay, you've appealed to all of our interests. Still, we're weird. For an R-rated sci-fi thriller, $50 million is a heck of an opening weekend. Remember Super 8, the sci-fi family movie written and directed by J.J. Abrams, produced by Spielberg, with Kyle Chandler fresh off the Friday Night Lights finale media push? It only took in $35 million over its opening weekend.