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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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Box Office Breakdown: Snow White Slays Competition

Kristen Stewart as Snow White

Is it Chris Hemsworth's amazing hair? Was it the aggressive marketing campaign? Is Kristen Stewart actually a box office draw? Whatever it was, something prompted movie-goers this weekend to spend their dollars towards Snow White and the Huntsman -- approximately $56.2 million of them.

Men in Black 3, therefore, was bumped down from its short-lived number one spot to number two with $29.3 million. Marvel's The Avengers dropped to number three with a decent $20.2 million. Battleship dipped down one spot to number four with $4.8 million while The Dictator rounded out the top five with $4.7 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: MIB3 Travels to the Top of the Chart

Men in Black 3

Who says lightning can't strike thrice?

Although The Avengers had a good three weeks at the top of the box office, Will Screen's return to the big screen in Men in Black 3 took in $55 million, finally bumping the Marvel flick down to #2. The superheroes, however, didn't go down without a fight, taking in close to $37 million this Memorial Day weekend. Battleship sunk to #3 with $10.8 million while The Dictator fell to #4 with $9.6 million. Horror film The Chernobyl Diaries debuted at number five with $8 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: Battleship Fails to Maneuver a Win

The Avengers

Nothing is quite like the force of The Avengers.

The superhero film took in $55 million this weekend, which was a 46% drop from last weekend, but it still managed to do more than double what Battleship's debut took in ($25.3 million). The Dictator also debuted this week, securing third place at the box office with $17.4 million. Dark Shadows dropped two spots to number 4 with $12.8 million while the new comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting debuted at number 5 with $10.5 million.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Banned From Oscars?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Paramount, Comedy, Awards, Celeb News, Rumors,

Sacha Baron Cohen as The DictatorSacha Baron Cohen might be banned from walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

The British comedian is believed to have planned to attend the glittering ceremony as General Aladeen - his character from forthcoming movie The Dictator - but studio bosses frown on stunts in front of the world's media and are considering reversing his invite, which he gained for his part in Martin Scorsese's Hugo.

The Academy is believed to have got in touch with Sacha's representatives to confirm whether or not he is planning to do the stunt, according to The Wrap. Sacha has a history of using his characters to create controversy - his alter-ego Bruno from the movie of the same name became well known for antics including storming the stage during a fashion show and landing on Eminem in a white jock strap during the 2009 MTV Movie Awards.

In 2000 his first major character Ali G offered British MP Neil Hamilton a cigarette allegedly containing cannabis, which he accepted and smoked. The Dictator - which also stars Megan Fox and Anna Faris - is due for release in May.


Megan Fox, John C Reilly to Have Dictator Cameos

Sacha Baron Cohen filming The DictatorBoth Megan Fox and John C. Reilly are set to appear in The Dictator.

The pair have signed up to make cameo appearances in Sacha Baron Cohen's forthcoming comedy, though the nature of their roles is being kept under wraps.

The film - which is currently being shot in New York - chronicles the story of a Middle Eastern despot who is removed from his position and flees to the US after he is replaced by a lookalike former goat herder, with both roles being played by Sacha. Sir Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas and Anna Faris are already signed up to appear in the film, which is being directed by Larry Charles.

Last week, footage emerged of Sacha - in character for the movie - being apprehended by a waiter as he stole food from a diner at New York restaurant Orsay. The comic, wearing a pink t-shirt and denim shorts, fled with a plate of food and a glass of wine, but was chased by the server and tackled to the ground. Later in the evening, he was seen in the same outfit outside a restaurant which doubles as the one his character owns in the film.

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