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Weekend Box Office: 'Madagascar 3' and 'Prometheus' Hold Off Weak Newcomers; Sandler Flops in Fifth UPDATED

Thompson on Hollywood By Brian Fuson | Thompson on Hollywood June 17, 2012 at 12:04PM

For the second consecutive weekend, Paramount/DreamWorks’ “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” and 20th Century Fox’s “Prometheus” held the top two spots, and in that order, with the former taking in an estimated $35.5 million and the latter grossing around $20.2 million.
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"Madagascar 3" Voice Cast and Characters
"Madagascar 3" Voice Cast and Characters

For the second consecutive weekend, Paramount/DreamWorks’ “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” and 20th Century Fox’s “Prometheus” held the top two spots, and in that order, with the former taking in an estimated $35.5 million and the latter grossing around $20.2 million. UPDATE: See top ten box office chart below.

What wasn’t expected were low-grossing debuts and third and fifth place finishes for the weekend’s two new wide releases, Warner Bros.’ “Rock of Ages” and Sony’s “That’s My Boy,” as “Rock” sank into third on its opening with an estimated $15.1 million and “Boy” placed fifth with a dismal $13 million.  The debuts were especially disappointing considering the star wattage in both films – Tom Cruise was topped-billed in “Rock” and Adam Sandler starred in “Boy.” In the past both actors have tended to be safe bets for getting a film to open respectably at the box office.

Overall, due to the weak debuts of the two new arrivals, the box office in North America was down 15% from the comparable session last year, with the total for all films estimated to be around $130 million. “The Green Lantern” topped the charts a year ago, debuting with $53.2 million.

After just 10 days in release “Madagascar 3” has generated a hefty $120.5 million as the family friendly PG-rated adventure has proven to be a crowd pleaser in theaters, slipping a minor 41% on its sophomore frame as positive word of mouth and favorable reviews drive moviegoers to theaters.

R-rated sci-fi thriller “Prometheus” was down 60% from its solid debut a week earlier.  The Ridley Scott picture has uncovered an estimated $88.9 million after 10 days in release.

The PG-13 rated “Rock of Ages” was helmed by Adam Shankman, who directed another (better-reviewed) musical imported from Broadway, “Hairspray.” Besides Cruise, “Rock” top-lined Russell Brand, Julianne Hough, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta Jones, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige.  The film was a musical drama based on the Broadway production of the same name, and cost a reported $75 million to produce.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.