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Weekend Box Office: Madagascar 3 wins weekend with $60.3M; Prometheus a strong second place with $51.1M + The Hunger Games tops $400M domestic [Update]

Update: Article updated with final box office actuals.

The box office generated strong business this weekend, with both Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the Ridley Scott sci-fi action prequel Prometheus carving out their own respective strong showings. Prometheus had a stronger opening day — $21.466M vs. $20.651M — but ‘Madagascar 3′ led the weekend with $60.317M from 4,258 theaters ($14,166 per theater average). The R-rated Prometheus followed in second place with $51.050M from 3,396 theaters ($15,032 PTA). Here’s the daily breakdown:

  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
    • Friday: $20.651M (#2)
    • Saturday: $22.569M (#1 / +9.3%)
    • Sunday: $17.098M (#1 / -24.2%)
  • Prometheus
    • Friday: $21.466M (#1)
    • Saturday: $16.021M (#2 / -25.4%)
    • Sunday: $13.563M (#2 / -15.3%)

Prometheus now holds two “Alien” franchise records: highest opening day (previously 2004′s “Alien Vs. Predator” with $16.443M) and highest opening weekend (also previously “Alien vs. Predator” with $38.291M). Prometheus had another strong showing overseas, adding an estimated $39.2M from 50 markets (an expansion from last week’s 35 markets) and bringing its foreign haul to an impressive $91.5M after 10 days and bringing the $120-130M-budgeted blockbuster to $142.55M worldwide. Expect 20th Century Fox to greenlight a sequel sooner rather than later.

‘Madagascar 3’ , meanwhile, managed to top the opening weekend of 2005’s “Madagascar” ($47.225M) and came considerably closer to topping 2008’s “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” ($63.107M) than most anyone expected it to. The $145M-budgeted animated sequel did even better overseas, where it opened to $75.5M from 28 markets — which didn’t include Europe where it hasn’t opened yet — with Russia its strongest at $16.4M. Other top markets included Brazil ($11.0M), China ($10.4M) and Mexico ($6.6M) for $135.817M worldwide.

Rounding out the top five this weekend were Snow White and the Huntsman in third place with $23.059M (-59.0% / $98.538M cume), MIB 3 in fourth place with $13.896M (-50.5% / $135.901M cume) and Marvel’s The Avengers in fifth place with $11.250M (-45.1% / $572.301M cume). The Avengers continues on its now likely trek $600M domestically. It added an equally strong estimated $7.8M from foreign markets for $1.397B worldwide ($572.301M domestic / $824.4M foreign).

And in other news, The Hunger Games added $1.072M (-31.6% / $400.273M) in its 12th week of release bringing the film across the $400M mark after 80 days of release. The Hunger Games passed the $400M mark Sunday, its 80th day of release, making it only the 14th film to reach that milestone (and the 11th fastest overall).

Other international highlights:

  • MIB 3 added $38.3M to bring its overseas total to a new franchise-best $352.1M — besting “Men in Black” ($338.7M) which held the previous mark. The film’s worldwide gross is now 2nd best in the franchise at $488.001M (ahead of the $441.819M from “Men in Black II”, but still below the $589.391M achieved by the original “Men in Black”).
  • Snow White and the Huntsman added $24.6M in its second weekend for new totals of $83.5M overseas and $182.038M worldwide.

Source: Box Office Mojo (2)