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Lisa Richwine and Andrea Burzynski, Reuters
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

LOS ANGELES - Animated family movie "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" beat sci-fi thriller "Prometheus" to the top of weekend box office charts with $60.4 million in the United States and Canada, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

“Prometheus”, an effects-filled film from “Alien” director Ridley Scott about a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind, pulled in $50 million to finish second.

In third place was action-filled “Snow White and the Huntsman”, which sold more than $23 million of tickets, bringing its U.S. and Canadian box office total to nearly $98.5 million since its debut last weekend.

Viacom Inc’s Paramount Pictures released “Madagascar 3”. News Corp unit 20th Century Fox distributed “Prometheus”. “Snow White” was released by Universal Studios, a unit of Comcast Corp.

The top films at the North American box office

New York, June 10 - Following are the top 10 movies at North American box offices for the weekend starting June 8, led by “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” at No. 1, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters.

1 (--) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted .......$60.4 million

2 (--) Prometheus ...............................$50.0 million

3 (1) Snow White and the Huntsman ..............$23.0 million

4 (2) Men in Black 3 ...........................$13.5 million

5 (3) The Avengers .............................$10.8 million

6 (6) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ...........$ 3.2 million

7 (7) What To Expect When You’re Expecting .....$ 2.7 million

8 (3) Battleship ...............................$ 2.3 million

9 (5) The Dictator .............................$ 2.2 million

10(13) Moonrise Kingdom .........................$ 1.6 million

NOTE: Last weekend’s rankings in parenthesis.

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CUMULATIVE TOTALS:

The Avengers ..................................$571.9 million

Men in Black 3 ................................$135.5 million

Snow White and the Huntsman ...................$ 98.5 million

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted ............$ 60.4 million

Battleship ....................................$ 59.8 million

The Dictator ..................................$ 55.2 million

Prometheus ....................................$ 50.0 million

What To Expect When You’re Expecting...........$ 35.7 million

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ................$ 31.0 million

Moonrise Kingdom ..............................$ 3.7 million

 

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Viacom Inc’s Paramount Pictures, which also released “The Dictator.” “Prometheus” was released by 20th Century Fox and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was distributed by Fox Searchlight, both units of News Corp. Sony Corp’s film division released “MIB 3.” Comcast Corp’s Universal Pictures distributed “Battleship” and “Snow White and the Huntsman,” and division Focus Features released “Moonrise Kingdom.” Walt Disney Co released “Avengers.” Lionsgate Entertainment Corp released “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.”


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