Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted grossed $7.14 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The 3D computer animated sequel from Paramount and DreamWorks Animation was up a healthy 13 percent over Monday. Madagascar 3 topped the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed a stronger than expected $73.79 million through five days of release. That places the film 5 percent behind the $78.03 million five-day start of 2008's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and 8 percent behind the $80.18 million five-day start of last year's Cars 2 (which increased by just 2 percent on its first Tuesday).
Fox's Prometheus held steady in second with $5.00 million. The Ridley Scott directed 3D Alien spin-off was down a solid 4 percent from Monday, though that also represented one of the day's poorer daily holds among wide releases. Given its target audience, it is likely that Prometheus took a bigger hit from Game 1 of the NBA Finals than most other wide releases yesterday and in turn could stabilize a bit today with there being no Finals game. Prometheus continues to run in line with expectations with a five-day start of $61.26 million. The film is running 35 percent stronger than the $45.45 million five-day start of 2004's Alien vs. Predator and 7 percent softer than the $65.63 million five-day start of last year's X-Men: First Class.
Snow White and the Huntsman grossed $2.967 million to remain in third. Universal's big-budget adaptation was up 11 percent over Monday and down 47 percent from last Tuesday. Snow White and the Huntsman has grossed $104.19 million in twelve days, as the film continues to run essentially on par with the pace of X-Men: First Class.
Sony's Men in Black 3 remained in fourth with $1.94 million. The expensive sequel starring Will Smith was up 18 percent over Monday and down 38 percent from last Tuesday. The 19-day domestic total for Men in Black 3 stands at $139.48 million. Men in Black 3 continues to perform much stronger internationally and has now grossed over $500 million worldwide as a result.
Marvel's The Avengers rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.55 million. Disney's blockbuster superhero film was up 12 percent over Monday and down 30 percent from last Tuesday. The Avengers has grossed a mighty $575.23 million in 40 days, leaving it $24.77 million away from reaching the $600 million domestic milestone.