The animated film features voice work by Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock and Jessica Chastain as a group of Central Park Zoo animals trying to find their way back to New York City. It earned $35.5m over the weekend, raising its total gross thus far to $120.5m.
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus came in second place, bringing in $20.2m and putting its total gross at $88.8m.
Tom Cruise’s new 1980s musical Rock of Ages debuted at number three with a disappointing $15m in ticket sales, despite its heavy promotion.
The US box office top ten in full (studio estimates):
- (1) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $35,500,000
- (2) Prometheus – $20,200,000
- (-) Rock of Ages – $15,060,000
- (3) Snow White and the Huntsman – $13,805,000
- (-) That’s My Boy – $13,000,000
- (4) Men in Black III – $10,000,000
- (5) The Avengers – $8,848,000
- (6) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – $2,200,000
- (10) Moonrise Kingdom – $2,181,000
- (7) What to Expect When You’re Expecting – $1,330,000