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Box Office Breakdown: Brave Dethrones Madagascar 3

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Although movie-goers have been kind to Madagascar 3 for the past couple weeks, it didn't quite stand a chance against the newcomer Pixar/Disney film Brave, which secured Pixar's 13th first place debut with $66.7 million.

The third Madagascar film secured its second place spot with $20.2 million while the period horror film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter debuted at number three with $16.5 million. Coming in fourth place is Prometheus with $10 million while Rock of Ages rounded out the top five with $8 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: Madagascar Stays on Top

Madagascar 3

The animals of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted truly are a determined bunch.

Maintaining its number one position at the box office, the animated family film earned $34 million this past weekend, enough to keep Prometheus at bay with its $20.7 million. Coming in third is Rock of Ages, which made its debut this weekend with $14.4 million. The new Adam Sandler comedy That's My Boy also debuted this past weekend with $13.4 million, securing the fourth position at the box office. Lastly, Snow White and the Huntsman was bumped down two spots to number five with $13.2 million.

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Ridley Scott: Casting is Key

Ridley Scott and Noomi Rapace

Ridley Scott claims the key to a successful movie is all in the casting. The Prometheus director is careful to surround himself with a great cast on all the films he makes, and from there tries to ensure the experience is as "fun" as possible.

"I think every director has his own method, and mine is all in the casting, the actors usually trust me. I like to have a team and I make it, honestly, as much fun as possible," he said.

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Ridley Scott ‘Really Wants’ a Prometheus Sequel

Ridley ScottRidley Scott "really wants" to make a Prometheus sequel.

The acclaimed filmmaker enjoyed making the sci-fi blockbuster - which stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron - and wants to work on a follow-up, though he admits he has no idea what he would do to extend the story.

"I really enjoyed it so much, I really want to do the sequel, it's interesting to do a sequel because it leaves the door so open to some huge questions. I don't know how to do it but when we get to it we probably will," he said.

Writer Damon Lindelof recently admitted he and the director had to work hard to leave the movie open to a sequel, but complete enough in case a follow-up wasn't made.

"Ridley was very interested in talking about, 'What are the answers to the questions that Prometheus is posing that are not necessarily definitively spelled out in the body of Prometheus?' I said to him, 'We should be prepared for people to feel frustrated if we're going to be withholding, so we have to be very careful about what we're saving for later,' because it's not a foregone conclusion that there are going to be sequels," Lindelof said.


Box Office Breakdown: Madagascar 3 Debuts at the Top

Madagascar 3

No matter how much buzz the Alien prequel Prometheus attained, it wasn't enough to win over the parents and their kids who saw Madagascar 3 this weekend.

With a cool $60.3 million, the animated family flick debuted on top, considerably beating out Ridley Scott's latest film's $51 million take. Last week's number one film, Snow White and the Huntsman fell to number three with $23 million while Men in Black III and The Avengers took in $13.8 million and $11.2 million, respectively.

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Michael Fassbender Felt Pressure of Working With Ridley Scott

Michael Fassbender and Ridley ScottMichael Fassbender admits he felt the "pressure" when working with Ridley Scott.

The actor teamed up with the Alien director in new sci-fi movie Prometheus and he says he had a "healthy amount of fear" before starting work because he has so much respect for Scott: "You're very much aware of that and that it is Ridley and that it is this world and there is that pressure, but that's good. That gives you a healthy amount of fear and then like I said I try to get all of the preparation squared away and then on set really try to have fun."

However, Fassbender says the most important thing about the movie - which also stars Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce - was enjoying playing the character and having fun.

"I knew that I wanted to have fun with this character. I really wanted to enjoy it and Ridley and I seemed to click immediately in terms of what was going on with the character and the freedom to try things out with him and to find the humor in there. I said to him, 'This guy is funny, right?' He was like 'Yes. Great. Let's go for it.' So yeah, that was the main thing, to really enjoy him."


Michael Fassbender Wants a Prometheus Sequel

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender wants to reunite with Ridley Scott for a Prometheus sequel.

The Shame star plays an android named David in the prequel to the Alien franchise and revealed he would jump at the chance to take part in a follow-up, which Ridley has previously hinted at, if the project ever materialized.

When questioned by Digital Spy on whether he would return for a second film, Michael confirmed, "That's what I'm hoping."

Michael also spoke fondly of his time shooting the film, noting that working with both Ridley and the stellar cast - which included Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Idris Elba - put him under pressure to perform to the best of his abilities.

"I felt very privileged to be part of the team and it also made me concern myself that I wasn't a weak part of the team, that I did my homework as best I could and that I came to work and had something to offer. I think for all of us on the job, all crew members, have a feeling that they're working on something special when they're working with Ridley."


Noomi Rapace Isn’t Sexy in Prometheus

Noomi RapaceNoomi Rapace insists her role in Prometheus wasn't sexy.

The 32-year-old actress portrays archaeologist Dr. Elizabeth Shaw in the forthcoming movie and though there are scenes where she appears scantily clad, she insists her looks were not the focal point of the scenes.

"I'm running around half naked in a couple of scenes and I never thought about it. Ridley [Scott, director] didn't want me dressed that way for kicks. It's not sexy - just very basic - and it serves the scene. I'm not here to be sexy. Sometimes you can do a sexy part or play a woman who's supposed to be beautiful and then we can do beauty. That's for another movie. But for this movie it was sweat. More sweat, then more dirt. More blood. The make-up artist said it was unusual to ask for more fake blood and sweat, but I loved it."

Noomi enjoyed working with the acclaimed filmmaker on the movie, and said the pair are "kindred spirits." She told the Daily Mail, "He doesn't see it from a man's perspective and at time we were like kindred spirits, sharing the body of the character."


Michael Fassbender Didn’t Watch Alien Before Prometheus

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender didn't watch Alien before appearing in Prometheus.

The actor has a role in Ridley Scott's forthcoming movie and though it is a prequel to the classic 1979 sci-fi film, he opted instead to watch Blade Runner as part of his research because of the similarities in his part.

"I didn't revisit Alien before we did this. Sometimes I would do that, but in this case I didn't. I watched Blade Runner though, I took a look at Sean Young and Rutger Hauer. I live Rutger Hauer in that. With Prometheus, it stands alone to Alien, the way they put it and a good description is there's DNA strands that link the two. But it's a whole new world. I play a guy called David who's an android, so that's why I watched Blade Runner, there's something in those androids."

The Shame actor also admitted he used to use music to help him prepare for a role but now he is more "relaxed"' in his technique: "I used to use music a lot. In fact, that was my main key at drama school, but I don't really do it any more. Now I think I'm a little bit more relaxed in my technique. Now I just try to focus and relax."


Michael Fassbender’s Physical Robot

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Michael Fassbender found it difficult to play a computer with emotions in Prometheus.

The X-Men: First Class actor portrays a leading role in the Ridley Scott-directed movie - alongside Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace - and admits it is hard to play an "advanced" version of a human in the movie.

"He's hyper-intelligent. His physicality is more advanced than human beings. So, people don't really embrace him. He's sort of used and abused. How does that make him feel, if robots can feel? You're essentially trying to build a computer that has a physicality to it, that can respond and understand human behavior. It's programmed to be able to incorporate itself within a human environment. I just try and explore what's happening within the scene, moment to moment," he said.

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