Weekend Box Office: Wigs Top Aliens

Friday started off with a close race for the #1 spot between the weekend’s two new releases – Madagascar 3 and Prometheus. As the weekend progressed, Madagascar 3 pulled ahead to take the spot with $60.35 million compared to Prometheus‘ $50 million.

Those are very impressive numbers for both movies and have earned the two some bragging rights. For Madagascar 3, it’s the fourth-highest opening of the year and right in line with the original movies’ opening ($61 million). While Prometheus came in second, it’s opening weekend tally set a new record for the Alien franchise and now ranks 12th on the all-time list for R-rated movies.

The previous weekend’s big winner, Snow White and the Huntsman, was off 59 percent from it’s opening with an estimated $23 million earned in it’s second weekend and the number 3 spot on the list. That’s a big hit for a big budget movie, which has now earned a total of $98.5 million.

Coming in 4th, was MIB 3, which has now earned $135.5 million in it’s 17 days of release. That’s well behind MIB 2.

The Avengers is still in the top 5 with another $10.8 million added to it’s insanely impressive total, which is now $571.9 million. It will be fun to keep an eye on the movie and see if it can reach the $600 million mark before getting pulled from theaters.

Here is the Top 10 for the weekend of June 8 – 10, 2012:

1. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted ($60,350,000)
2. Prometheus ($50,000,000)
3. Snow White and the Huntsman ($23,021,000)
4. MIB 3 ($13,500,000)
5. Marvel’s The Avengers ($10,809,000)
6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ($3,235,000)
7. What to Expect When You’re Expecting ($2,710,000)
8. Battleship ($2,286,000)
9. The Dictator ($2,150,000)
10. Moonrise Kingdom ($1,579,000)

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