Prometheus movie: Michael Fassbender
Ridley Scott / Michael Fassbender's Prometheus movie and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted will easily retain their positions on the North American box office chart this weekend. But that's not necessarily good news for all.
Adam Shankman / Tom Cruise's Rock of Ages' and Adam Sandler / Andy Samberg's That's My Boy's opened to quite disappointment figures on Friday. DreamWorks' animated feature Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted will thus remain at the top of the chart. After collecting an estimated $10.02 million on Friday, Madagascar 3 will likely reach a perfectly acceptable $30m-33 million over the weekend and should be passing the $100 million milestone on Saturday.
Prometheus will remain in second place, but that's where the good news end. Ridley Scott's sci-fier plummeted 73 percent from a week ago., scoring only $5.82 million on Friday. That's a high drop-off rate even taking last week's Thursday midnight screenings into account. Prometheus will likely fail to crack $20 million by Sunday evening.
Now, even if Scott's Prometheus movie does reach $20m, it'll probably still be down about 60 percent compared to last weekend. That would be an alarming second-weekend drop-off rate for an expensive ($120m-$130m) production that's not a sequel, a comic book adaptation, or a cheap horror flick. [See PROMETHEUS ALIEN box office comparison.]
At no. 5, behind both Rock of Ages and That's My Boy, should be Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman, which is expected to bring in about $12 million after earning an estimated $4 million on Friday. It will be interesting if That's My Boy so underperforms that Sanders' period fantasy manages to land at no. 4. Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, and Sam Claflin star in this reinterpretation of the Snow White fairy tale. [See SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN box office: Why the Sharp Drop?]
Rounding out the top twelve at the North American box office on Friday were the following: Will Smith / Tommy Lee Jones / Josh Brolin's Men in Black III with $2.8 million, Chris Evans / Robert Downey Jr's The Avengers with $2.18 million, Maggie Smith / Judi Dench's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with $625,000, and Wes Anderson / Edward Norton's Moonrise Kingdom with $618,000.
Also: Cameron Diaz / Jennifer Lopez's What to Expect When You're Expecting with $445,000, Taylor Kitsch / Rihanna / Brooklyn Decker's Battleship with $339,000, and Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator with $333,000.
In addition to Michael Fassbender (as the android David), the Prometheus movie cast features The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace, Monster's Charlize Theron, Memento's Guy Pearce, Across the Universe's Logan Marshall-Green, Thor's Idris Elba, The Borgias' Sean Harris, Anonymous's Rafe Spall, Somers Town's Kate Dickie, and Evening's Patrick Wilson. Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof wrote the Prometheus screenplay.
Directed by Megamind's Tom McGrath, Eric Darnell, and Conrad Vernon, and written by Darnell and Fantastic Mr. Fox's Noah Baumbach, Madagascar 3 features the voices of Night at the Museum's Ben Stiller, Friends' David Schwimmer, Grown Ups' Chris Rock, and Borat's Sacha Baron Cohen.
Also: The Matrix Reloaded's Jada Pinkett Smith, The Help's Jessica Chastain, Fargo's Frances McDormand, Standby Lovers' Paz Vega, Shrek's Chris Miller, John Carter's Bryan Cranston, Frankenweenie's Martin Short, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa's Andy Richter, and co-director Tom McGrath.
Michael Fassbender / Prometheus movie photos: Kerry Brown / 20th Century Fox.