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Tuesday November 11, 2008 12:13 am

Box Office Breakdown: Ticket Buyers Escape to Madagascar 2

Madagascar 2

Move over High School Musical 3. Another family-friendly movie is taking over.

This past weekend, stormed into theaters in a big way. The animated sequel took in a whopping $63.1 million, making it second biggest debuter this year. (The Dark Knight pulled in $75.2 million in July.) The film - which topped its 2005 predecessor by $2.1 million - also had the 7th best opening for a cartoon ever.

In other noteworthy news, last week’s #2 was pushed aside for another R-rated comedy. , starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott, surpassed expectations to rake in an impressive $19.2 million. That amount nearly doubled what Zack and Miri - this week’s #5 - earned during its first three days. Meanwhile, a movie that was critically-panned did fairly well in its limited release. - the wannabe cult musical featuring Paris Hilton - averaged $6,711 over 8 theaters. That’s a number most of the movies in the Top Ten couldn’t match.

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  1. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Dreamworks/Paramount, $63,106,589 (avg. $15,559)
  2. Role Models, Universal, $19,167,085 (avg. $6865)
  3. High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Disney, $9,159,523 (avg. $2644)
  4. Changeling, Universal, $7,252,940 (avg. $3910)
  5. Zack and Miri Make a Porno, The Weinstein Company, $6,274,530 (avg. $2294)
  6. Soul Men, MGM, $5,401,605 (avg. $2643)
  7. Saw V, Lionsgate, $4,067,071 (avg. $1438)
  8. The Haunting of Molly Hartley, Freestyle Releasing, $3,318,694 (avg. $1288)
  9. The Secret Life of Bees, Fox Searchlight, $3,089,467 (avg. $2086)
  10. Eagle Eye, Dreamworks/Paramount, $2,541,602 (avg. $1806)

(You can review last week’s episode here.)



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