Which do you think did better this weekend: an animated movie about zoo animals, a prequel of a prequel to Aliens, a movie about Tom Cruise singing, Adam Sandler as a bad parent, or Bella and Thor vs. Hancock’s wife? Somehow Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted was able to hold its number one position at the box office this past weekend, against Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and the new Tom Cruise flick, Rock of Ages. And did you know Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy was released this weekend? I guess the better question would be: Do you care?
1. ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’
America’s (and probably the world’s) favorite animal foursome were able to hold on to their number one spot bringing in another $34.06 million this week and bringing their 10 day total to $119 million. At the rate Madagascar 3 going, it looks like it may soon pass the lifetime gross of its two prequels (Madagascar: $180 million and Madagascar 2: $193.5 million). It’ll be interesting to see what the animated film will do against its animated opponent next week: Disney/Pixar’s Brave.
Not only has Madagascar 3 remained in the top spot for an impressive two weeks, but the film has given me my new ringtone:
Related: Madagascar 3 Movie Review
Prometheus holds tight in its number two spot against Madagascar 3 (who would have thought?), adding an additional $20.7 million to its domestic gross. This brings the total gross of the film to $89.4 million, and makes it the highest grossing film in the Alien franchise. Not too bad for a film with only a $130 million budget. But is it good enough to get a Prometheus sequel and finally have some of those nagging questions answered? Only time will tell.
Related: Prometheus Movie Review
3. ‘Rock of Ages’
Although it wanted to show us nothin’ but a good time and it hit us with its best shot, Rock of Ages just couldn’t make it to the number one spot. Unfortunately, every rose has its thorn, and even with an A-List cast, the movie only pulled in $14.4 million. It was obvious the movie wanted (dead or alive) to see the same success as other summer musicals (Mama Mia! – $27.8 million and Hairspray – $27.5 million), but I can’t fight this feeling that Rock of Ages will only slip further down the chart in the next couple weeks. Don’t stop believin’!
Related: Rock of Ages Movie Review
Remember Jack and Jill where Adam Sandler played his own sister? Would you believe that That’s My Boy had a worse opening than that one? It’s true. That’s My Boy only brought in $13.4 million, which is a little over half of what Jack and Jill made in its opening weekend. Is Sandler just having a bad few years or has his box office mojo worn off? We’ll have to wait until September to find out when his new animated film, Hotel Transylvania, hits theaters.
Related: That’s My Boy Movie Review
Falling from last week’s #3 spot, the dark adaptation of the classic fairy tale lands at #5 this week. SWATH adds $13.2 million to its gross, bringing its total domestic box office earnings to a little over $122 million. I’d say it’s been a very successful summer for Chris Hemsworth, with the domestic totals of The Avengers and SWATH grossing over $708 million. And with sequels to both films inevitable, it looks like Hemsworth will be swinging hammers and axes for a while longer.
What are Your Predictions for Next Week?
That’s the top five for this week. What do you think will happen at the box office next week? Will Brave put an arrow in the competition? Does Honest Abe have a penny lucky enough to bring Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to the top spot? Can Madagascar 3 hold the #1 spot, or will it have to ‘move it, move it’ down to #2? Share your predictions in the comments below.
Weekend Box Office Report: June 15th – June 17th
- Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $34.06 million
- Prometheus – $20.7 million
- Rock of Ages – $14.4 million
- That’s My Boy – $13.4 million
- Snow White and the Huntsman – $13.2 million
- Men in Black 3 – $10.04 million
- Marvel’s The Avengers – $8.9 million
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – $2.3 million
- Moonrise Kingdom – $2.2 million
- Battleship – $1.2 million