Two new 3-D films each debuted with $50 million or more at the box office this weekend, jumpstarting ticket sales at the multiplex after weeks of lackluster business.
The weekend's winner was the animated
While big-budget summer films like
The third installment in the
"Madagascar 3," which
Like its predecessors, "Madagascar 3" was received positively by audiences, who this weekend gave the film an average grade of A, according to market research firm CinemaScore. That's the highest grade any movie in the franchise has ever received. The film also skewed younger than most of DreamWorks' films, as 28% of those who saw it were kids under the age of 12. Like many family films, pricier 3-D tickets weren't an especially popular option, as only about 45% of the film's business came from the format.
"Prometheus," which cost Fox about $130 million to make after tax credits, centers around a group of scientists played by the likes of
The movie marks the best debut for director Scott in more than a decade, when his 2001 thriller "Hannibal" started off with $58 million. In recent years, the filmmaker has struggled to replicate the success of that film and 2000's
Overseas, the movie opened last weekend and has since grossed $91.5 million abroad. This weekend, the movie collected a so-so $39.2 million from 50 foreign countries, performing best in Australia and the United Kingdom. The film has yet to open in a few major international markets, including Brazil and Japan.
[Updated, 11:57 a.m. June 10: With all the new competition in theaters, "Snow White and the Huntsman" didn't hold up that well during its second weekend in theaters. After debuting with a solid $56.2 million last weekend, the film saw its ticket sales tumble 59% to $23 million. The movie's worldwide total now stands at $182 million, and it cost Universal Pictures $170 million to produce and tens of millions more to market.
Here are the top 10 movies at the domestic box office, with international results when available, according to studio estimates and Rentrak:
1. "Madagascar 3" (Paramount/DreamWorks Animation): Opened with $60.4 million. $75.5 million overseas in 28 foreign markets.
2. "Prometheus" (Fox): Opened with $50 million. $39.2 million overseas in 50 foreign markets. International total: $91.5 million.
3. "Snow White and the Huntsman" (Universal): $23 million on its second weekend, down 59%. Domestic total: $98.5 million. $24.6 million overseas in 52 foreign markets. International total: $83.5 million.
4. "Men in Black 3" (Sony/Hemisphere): $13.5 million on its third weekend, down 52%. Domestic total: $135.5 million. $38.3 million overseas in 79 foreign markets. International total: $352.1 million.