Family film Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted was the most successful film at the box office over the weekend – besting Ridley Scott’s long awaited Prometheus. The animated sequel should gross $60 million by Monday morning, a number which is behind the launch of 2008’s Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa’s $63 million debut, but ahead of the original Madagascar, which opened to $47 million in 2005. Those films went on to gross $180 million and $193 million respectively, but this third installment should do a little less, domestically at least.

Prometheus should score around $50 million over the weekend, a number which is in line with predictions. The pricey R-rated science fiction film has received positive to mixed reviews (read ours) but this opening is an Alien franchise best (if that is where you want to place it) – topping the $38 million that Alien Vs. Predator banked on its debut in 2004 (it peaked at $80 million). It’s also the second best opening ever for a Ridley Scott film, with the top honor going to 2001’s Hannibal which opened to $58 million.

The original Alien debuted to $3 million in 1979 and went on to gross $80 million at the US box office (un-adjusted) and Aliens had a $10 million start in 1986 and it topped out at just over $85 million, a fantastic number for its day. Alien 3 launched with $19 million in 1992, but it only managed to reach a gross of $55 million by the end of its run. Alien Resurrection opened to just $16 million five years later, topping out with a disappointing $47 million. The lowest grossing installment in the Alien saga is Aliens Vs. Predator – Requiem from 2007. That film banked $10 million on its debut and reached a final total of just $41 million.

Prometheus is on-track to become the highest grossing film in the Weyland (Yutani) world (unadjusted of course) at the domestic box office. Elsewhere in the globe the film has grossed more than $91 million, it is now on course to beat Alien: Resurrection’s franchise best $113 million international cume.

It is interesting to point out that while the Alien franchise is a long-running and successful film series, none of its movies have grossed more than $100 million at the domestic box office, or hit $200 million globally. Having said that, the series was launched in a time when ticket prices were much lower, and they would have earned impressive totals if price inflation was taken into account.

Snow White And The Huntsman dipped almost 60% from last weekend’s launch. The fairy tale film grossed $23 million over the weekend for a $98.2 million total.

Men In Black 3 should bank over $13.5million, raising its total to $135 million. It’s a decent enough number, but the real green has been earned abroad where it has grossed more than $352 million elsewhere in the globe, surpassing Men In Black 2’s $441 million worldwide take. However, it won’t better that film at the domestic box office where it will be the lowest grossing film in the series.

The Avengers is quietly closing in on $600 million after scoring an additional $10.8 million. The Marvel adventure has now grossed almost $572 million domestically. It sits firmly as the third highest grossing film of all time at the domestic and the international box office.

Brit hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel grossed a further $3.2 million over the weekend and rasied its total to an impressive $31 million. It has taken over $100 million worldwide.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting  is expected to gross $2.7 million over the weekend for a total haul of $35.7 million. It’s a so-so number for a film that stars Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock and poor Dennis Quaid.

Battleship continues to sink down the box office top ten. It should sail away with $2.2 million, bringing its total to $59.8 million.

The Dictator laughed up another $2 million for a $55 million total gross, a number which helps to bring its worldwide cume to over $115 million.

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom cracked the top ten and brought in $1.5 million, raising its cume to $3.7 million from only 96 theaters.

Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows dropped out of the top ten. The Gothic black comedy grossed $1.3 million, a number which raises its gross to just under $74 million. Globally the film has grossed around $200 million.

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

Source: Box Office Mojo