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Madagascar 3 tops box office, creates history

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted has managed to bag the top spot on the US box office charts after earning $60.4 million over the weekend. It has beaten Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender-starer Prometheus and has become...

hollywood Updated: Jun 11, 2012 16:15 IST
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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted has managed to bag the top spot on the US box office charts after earning $60.4 million over the weekend.



It has beaten Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender-starer Prometheus, which released alongside it Friday.



Sci-fi thriller Prometheus earned $50 million, reports contactmusic.com.



Madagascar 3, which features the voiceover talents of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Martin Short, Jessica Chastain and Bryan Cranston, broke records in Russia last week.



Madagascar 3 outdid the $47.2 million debut of the 2005 original, though it came in behind the $63.1 million opening of the first sequel, 2008's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Europe's Most Wanted had the added benefit of today's higher ticket prices and a bump from fans who caught 3-D shows, which cost a few dollars more than 2-D screenings.



Still, fans remain loyal to the franchise, and Madagascar 3 received generally better reviews than the previous two installments.



It scored the biggest opening day ticket sales for an animated film in the country's history.







(With inputs from AP)



First Published: Jun 11, 2012 15:56 IST