Madagascar sequel tops US box office
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.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa opens in UK cinemas on December 5, 2008