It was hot in many parts of the United States and a movie for kids was released. No doubt that combination fueled the box office win as "Madagascar 3" took in an estimated $60.3 million.
It held off the sci-fi flick "Prometheus" was second with $50.3 million. To be honest for a second, when it is hot the box office can surely benefit as families and kids alike will head to the theater, not only to watch the a movie, but to use the air conditioner. There is nothing wrong with that so let's hear it for the warm weather. The same cannot be said for the winter when a storm hits because it can keep people away in droves. One could also throw in the scratch of a possible Triple Crown winner for people heading to the theater on Saturday. While "Pometheus" won Friday, "Madagascar 3" took the lead on Saturday and again on Sunday (June 10).
As for tracking the second week out for last week's winner, "Snow White and the Huntsman," it fell to third with $20 million. The second week out and the legs report sees a 59 percent drop. Meanwhile, five films notched double digit numbers this weekend.
1. "Madagascar 3" - $60,350,000
2. "Prometheus" - $50,000,000
3. "Snow White and the Huntsman"- $23,021,000
Now, as is custom with this box office report, when a history making film or films head up the all-time lists, it must be followed all the way. And to think, right now, not only is "The Avengers" doing just that but so is "The Hunger Games." Likewise, "Titanic" and "Phantom Menace" also added to their BO of late. So, at one time there were four high grossing films out that the public could see on the big screen. that are high. That doesn't happen very often.
All-time list, domestically
1. "Avatar" - $760,507,625
2. "Titanic" - $658,672,302
3. "The Avengers" - $571,860,000
At No. 14 is "The Hunger Games" and it has reached the $400 million mark. It stands at $400.2 million.