There was plenty of room at the box office this weekend for a family-friendly flick and an R-rated sci-fi extravaganza.
Paramount estimates that Madagascar 3 will take in $60.35 million during its debut frame after grossing $20.8 million on Friday and $22.6 million on Saturday. That represents a drop from the $63.1 million—$69.5 million when adjusting for inflation—haul of 2008's Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa. The age/sex breakdown is 54% under 25/46% over 25 and 56% female/44% male. Madagascar 3 boasts an 84% combined approval rating from more than 44,000 Flixster users as well as an A rating from CinemaScore.
20th Century Fox reports that Prometheus took in $21.4 million on Friday and $16.1 million on Saturday, putting it on pace for $50 million. That represents director Ridley Scott's 2nd best unadjusted opening behind the $58 million haul of 2001's Hannibal. More than 80,000 Flixster users have combined to give Prometheus a respectable 75% combined approval rating.
The Hunger Games will hit $400 million domestically today. The worldwide total stands at $650 million, with a release in China scheduled for later this month.
Domestic comparison data:
Jan. 1 to June 10, 2012: $4,707,000,000*
Jan. 1 to June 10, 2011: $4,228,000,000
Total Increase: $47,900,000, +11.3%*
June 8-10, 2012: $180,000,000*
June 10-12, 2011: $137,800,000
Total Increase: $42,200,000, +30.7%*
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.