For awhile, the idea that a studio would actually follow through on an R-rated “tentpole” franchise seemed kind of preposterous. If The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo—a movie based on one of the most popular books of the last decade—couldn’t gross enough to justify making a sequel, then what could?
Answer: Prometheus. The Ridley Scott Alien prequel grossed $50 million over the weekend, meaning that the proposed sequel, Paradise, will almost certainly get rushed into production. For anyone left wondering about the fate of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her headless robot companion, this is very good news indeed. Although given that Prometheus is by the co-creator of Lost, there’s a good chance we won’t find out what happens to Shaw until at least the 200th instalment.
Meanwhile, Madagascar 3 grossed a whopping $60.4 million, perfectly illustrating why studios tend to focus most their attention on loud, colourful children’s fare. You’d think that the annoying “Circus Afro” song in the trailers would have scared a few people off (here’s an hour-long version; see how long you can last), but strangely, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Here are the weekend’s top 10 movies:
1. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted $60.4M
2. Prometheus $50M
3. Snow White and the Huntsman $23M (total: $98.5M)
4. Men in Black 3 $13.5M (total: $136M)
5. The Avengers $10.8M (total: $572M)
6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $3.23M (total: $31M)
7. What to Expect When You’re Expecting $2.71M (total: $35.7M)
8. Battleship $2.29M (total: $59.8M)
9. The Dictator $2.15M (total: $55.2M)
10. Dark Shadows $1.36M (total: $73.7M)