Sunday, April 21, 2024

“Prometheus” and “Madagascar 3” in A Dead Heat for Number 1


It’s sci-fi vs. cartoons this weekend. Last night, Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” finished in the number 1 spot with $21.4 million. That’s exactly $1 million more than “Madagascar 3,” the latest animated episode in the series from Dreamworks Animation. The rest of the pack–from “Show White” to a fading “Men in Black 3”–were far behind.

The question now is, can “Prometheus” hold on today and tomorrow, or will Saturday and Sunday matinees push “Mad 3” past them. Either way, “Prometheus” is a nice sized hit, and a boost to the box office for something that isn’t a sequel. Good for Ridley Scott and co.!

The other big story is that “Exotic Marigold Hotel” is just the little engine that could. It racked up almost $1 million last night, bringing its US total to over $28 mil. Abroad it’s already made $82 million. The British indie film didn’t have a lot of promotion here, but the names– Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy–meant something to the intelligent adult audience. Well played! And let’s not forget John Madden directed it–he directed “Shakespeare in Love” among other top films.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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