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.