"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" and "Prometheus" leapfrogged a fairy tale to take the top spots in the North American box office charts over the weekend, industry figures showed Monday.
The animated "Madagascar 3," the third installment in the wildly popular franchise starring Ben Stiller about escaped New York zoo animals, opened with a bigger-than-expected $60.3 million debut, according to Exhibitor Relations.
Ridley Scott's hotly anticipated sci-fi adventure "Prometheus" also had a huge debut, taking second place with an opening take of $51 million, the box office tracker said.
The pair bumped "Snow White and the Huntsman," which was fairest of them all last weekend, off the top of the charts into third place.
In fifth place was comic book superhero blockbuster "The Avengers," pocketing $11.2 million, which has so far raked in more than $572 million in North America alone.
Keeping its seventh place was romantic comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting," about five interconnected couples sharing the experience of having a baby, with $2.8 million.
Next was the big-budget but critically panned "Battleship," with $2.3 million in box office receipts.
In ninth was comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator," at $2.2 million.
Source: AFP Global Edition