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'Madagascar 3' tops 'Prometheus' at box office by $10M

Still from the 2012 animated movie, 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.' (Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation)

June 10, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
What do you get when you combine circus animals and space beasts, all on a journey through Europe? You get the No. 1 movie in America.

DreamWorks Animation's "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" debuted as a box office favorite this weekend, raking in $60.4 million. It reunited voice stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer as the zoo animals continue their travels by joining a circus.

The third installment of the animated series outdid the $47.2 million debut in 2005, but was behind the $63.1 million opening of the first sequel in 2008.

Coming in at No. 2 was Ridley Scott's alien saga "Prometheus" with $50 million.

Universal's "Snow White & the Huntsman" slipped to third place with $23 million.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," $60.4 million ($75.5 million).

2. "Prometheus," $50 million ($39.2 million international).

3. "Snow White & the Huntsman," $23 million ($24.6 million international).

4. "Men in Black 3," $13.5 million ($38.3 million international).

5. "The Avengers," $10.8 million ($7.8 million international).

6. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," $3.2 million ($342,000 international).

7. "What to Expect When You're Expecting," $2.7 million.

8. "Battleship," $2.3 million.

9. "The Dictator," $2.2 million ($4.9 million international).

10. "Moonrise Kingdom," $1.6 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.