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"Madagascar 3" Tops Box Office Again with $35.5 Million

Dreamworks/Paramount(NEW YORK) -- It wasn’t a weekend box office for the ages.

Neither Rock of Ages nor the Adam Sandler comedy That’s My Boy debuted in one of the top two spots.  Instead, the animated film Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted repeated as box office champ, earning an estimated $35.5 million.  Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was the runner-up, with $20.2 million.

Rock of Ages, an all-star adaptation of the hit musical, opened in third place, collecting $15.1 million.  That’s My Boy finished in fifth place, with $13 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, $35.5 million
2. Prometheus, $20.2 million
3. Rock of Ages, $15.1 million
4. Snow White & the Huntsman, $13.8 million
5. That’s My Boy, $13 million
6. Men in Black 3, $10 million
7. Marvel’s The Avengers, $8.8 million
8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $2.2 million
9. Moonrise Kingdom, $2.18 million
10. What to Expect When You’re Expecting, $1.3 million

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"Madagascar 3" Tops Box Office

DreamWorks Animation's MADAGASCAR 3(NEW YORK) -- Madagascar 3 is this weekend's top film with $60.4 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, Bloomberg News reports.

The DreamWorks Animation hit beat out the science-fiction thriller Prometheus, which took in $50 million. Madagascar 3 exceeded the Box Office Mojo estimate of $53.8, but was less than the $63.1 million its predecessor, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa brought in in 2008, according to Bloomberg.

The animated film has little to compete with until Disney releases Brave on June 22.

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Movie Review: "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"

Dreamworks/Paramount(NEW YORK) -- Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted starts out with some of our favorite animated animals stuck in Africa, longing for the confines of the Central Park Zoo -- I think. It’s not really clear. 

Once again, Ben Stiller voices Alex the lion, Chris Rock gives life to Marty the zebra, David Schwimmer is Melman the giraffe, and Jada Pinkett Smith lends her dulcet tones to Gloria.  I’d like to explain the plot but I’m not really sure it matters.  A French game warden or something like one -- it’s not really clear, though she's voiced by Frances McDormand -- is chasing after Alex and company after they break into a casino in Monte Carlo. Don’t ask why; it’s not worth explaining.

What is worth explaining is McDormand’s character, Captain Chantel DuBois, is a rather ridiculous, over-the-top cross between Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Javert from Les Miserables and Linda Blair's possessed Regan MacNeil from The Exorcist. In order to hide from her, the animals join a circus featuring a knife-throwing Russian tiger named Vitaly (Bryan Cranston), who has an immediate disdain for Alex and doesn’t believe Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria are circus animals.  Because they’re not. Sound interesting? Not very. 

What will keep you hanging in there is the witty banter amongst the animals, particularly Stiller’s Alex and Rock’s Marty. The best play on words, however, belongs to Vitaly, when it seems he’s about to deliver an expletive but replaces it with the word 'Bolshevik.' You’re going to laugh when you hear it.  Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler.

Weak plot aside, there’s plenty of entertainment value to Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, especially for the kids. Still, McDormand’s character is just plain bizarre and on occasion sucks the life out of this movie. Otherwise, Madagascar 3 is a mishmosh of excellent animation, a few funny moments for the adults and lots of cool stuff for the kids to look at. The story’s not great but it’s good enough. 

Three out of five stars.

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"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," "Prometheus" Open Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo and Melman the Giraffe -- who have been attempting to return to the Central Park Zoo in New York City after being shipped to Africa earlier in the series -- now find themselves in the midst of a traveling circus in Europe.  Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen and Martin Short lend their voices to the animated film, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG.

-- Prometheus: Ridley Scott's semi-prequel to Alien follows a team of explorers as they use the titular space vessel for a mission to discover the origins of mankind.  Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green star in the film, which is screening in 3D.  Rated R.

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