Monday, November 10, 2008

'Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa' Knocks 'High School Musical 3' Off Box-Office Peak

The Box-Office Top Five

#1 "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" ($63.5 million)
#2 "Role Models" ($19.3 million)
#3 "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" ($9.3 million)
#4 "Changeling" ($7.3 million)
#5 "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" ($5.6 million)

An uninspired sequel of a movie that wasn't that good to begin with won the weekend box office. And, no, this isn't a repeat of last week. Or the week before.

Starring the voice talents of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith, "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" won the weekend box office with a three-day tally of $63.5 million — roughly $2 million more than the original film made over the four-day Memorial Day weekend in 2005.

"Role Models," starring Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd, came in a strong second with $19.3 million. Director David Wain is no doubt thinking the same thing we are: Bring on "Wet Hot American Summer: The Musical."

In third place, "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" fell 39 percent to bank $9.3 million in its third week of release. The song-and-dance flick starring Zac Efron and his wink brought its overall total to $75.7 million.

Clint Eastwood's "Changeling" and Kevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" rounded out the top five, with $7.3 million and $6.5 million, respectively.

Among other new releases, "Soul Men," starring Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac, tanked at the box office, with a sixth-place finish of just $5.6 million.

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