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Madagascar sequel tops US box office

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Story by Jack Foley

ANIMATED sequel Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa clawed its way to the top of the US box office at the weekend (November 7-9, 2008), taking an estimated $63.5 million and easily beating forecasts.

The DreamWorks sequel had been predicted to open in the $50 million range but easily beat the figure set by its 2005 predecessor Madagascar, which took $47.2 million during its first three days.

The sequel once again finds a group of zoo-raised animals on the lam – this time in Africa. It reunites the voice cast of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett-Smith.

While Madagascar dominated in America, however, James Bond continued to shake up the international marketplace following its record-breaking UK opening with another run of No. 1 openings.

According to early weekend estimates, Quantum of Solace – the 22nd 007 adventure – opened in top spot in 57 territories, as well as holding onto the top position for a second weekend in Britain, France and Sweden.

Its weekend total from the 60 markets was $106.5 million, while its 10-day figure rose to $160.3 million, accordind to its delighted distributor, Columbia Pictures.

Daniel Craig’s second outing as James Bond comfortably beat his first, Casino Royale [which was in itself a hit], and has yet to open in America (it debuts on November 17).

Among its high performing markets were the UK, with $15.1 million (and a 10-day total of $50 million), Germany with $15.0 million, Russia and China with $9.1 million each and South Korea with $4.5 million.

Read our review of Quantum of Solace

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa opens in UK cinemas on December 5, 2008

  1. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa it is hot and coolest ever I have just saw the movie. After been waited so long to see it those penguins really can fly. Adventures movie with lot of enthusiasm inside. Melman, King Julien, Maurice, Moto Moto and Zuba are the correctors I loved most.

    pardes    Nov 10    #