There’s a double take this week at the box office because things look exactly like last week — Madagascar 3 coming in first and Prometheus coming in second — despite new releases starring Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler. What’s up with the box office deja vu?
Apparently it is more fun to see animals in the wild than in a zoo. Or, that’s what audiences are telling Hollywood this weekend as Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted raked in an estimated $35.5 million in box office returns, according to The Los Angeles Times. This gives the film two weeks in a row at number one for the third installment in the animation series about New York City’s finest zoo animals desperately trying to get home.
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Trailing Madagascar again this week is the sci-fi thriller Prometheus at number two with $20.2 million in box office returns. Director Ridley Scott’s search for the meaning of life takes audiences on a wild and often frightening ride through outer space, starring Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender.
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Coming in third this week is the jamming musical Rock of Ages, whose all-star cast seemed worthy enough to beat a quirky zebra and an overzealous elephant. But alas, it wasn’t so. The film adaptation of the Broadway musical starring Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin grossed an estimated $15 million at the box office according to Deadline Hollywood.
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The other big new release this week is Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy, a return to the R-rated comedy. Sandler stars as an annoying father to Andy Samberg. This raunchy romp grossed an estimated $13 million.
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Snow White and the Huntsman, the fantasy thriller starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, raked in $13 million bringing it in at number five this week.
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Men in Black 3, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Will Smith, came in sixth with an estimated $9.8 million in box office returns. Not bad for the three-quel in the series about secret agents who track down alien invaders.
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Rounding out the rest of the top 10 are The Avengers at number seven with $8.3 million, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at number eight with $2.3 million, Moonrise Kingdom at number nine with $2.3 million and What to Expect When You’re Expecting at number 10 with $1.3 million.