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Box Office Analysis, June 6: 'Madagascar' Topples 'Sith'

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Jun 06, 2005 | 6:39am EDT

Sometimes it pays to go back to the wild.

The CGI-animated Madagascar-- about a group of pampered zoo animals inadvertently released back into the wild--surprisingly took the top spot away from reigning champ Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith with $28.7 million. Revenge of the Sith came in third instead with $26 million, while Adam Sandler's remake The Longest Yard took second place with $26.1 million.

While those three holdovers remained strong draws, the weekend's new movies debuted quietly, contributing to the 15th-straight weekend of declining revenues compared to last year.

Ron Howard's Cinderella Man, starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger in the story of Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock, led the newcomers, debuting at No. 4 with $18.6 million. The teenage gal-pal tale The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants opened in fifth place with $10.25 million, while the skateboarding saga Lords of Dogtown premiered at sixth with $5.7 million.

This weekend, the Top 12 films grossed an estimated $128.6 million, down 27.98 percent from last weekend's $178.1 million take and down 29.78 percent from this time last year's draw of $182.7 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Warner Bros. PG-13 rated Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which debuted at No. 1 with $93.6 million in 3,855 theaters, averaging $24,303 per theater; DreamWorks' PG-rated Shrek 2, which dropped to second place in its third week with $37.9 million in 4,131 theaters, averaging $9,182 per theater; and 20th Century Fox's PG-13 The Day After Tomorrow, which dropped to third place in its third week with $27.8 million in 3,444 theaters, averaging $8,092 per theater.

(This week's box office Top 10 below...)

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES:

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Madagascar (DreamWorks, PG)

Gross: $28.7 million (-39%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 4,142 (+11)

Per-theater average: $6,929

Cume to date: $101 million

No. 2: The Longest Yard (Paramount Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $26.1 million (-45%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 3,634 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $7,182

Cume to date: $95.8 million

No. 3: Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

Gross: $26 million (-53%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 3,650 (-13)

Per-theater average: $7,123

Cume to date: $308.8 million

No. 4: Cinderella Man (Universal, PG-13)

Gross: $18.6 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,812

Per-theater average: $6,615

No. 5: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Warner Bros., PG)

Gross: $10.2 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,529

Per-theater average: $4,051

Cume to date: $13.9 million (opened Wednesday)

No. 6: Lords of Dogtown (Sony/TriStar Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $5.7 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 1,865

Per-theater average: $3,056

No. 7: Monster-in-Law (New Line Cinema, PG-13)

Gross: $5.3 million (-48%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 3,025 (-205)

Per-theater average: $1,752

Cume to date: $70.3 million

No. 8: Crash (Lions Gate, R)

Gross: $3.3 million (-29%)

Weeks opened: 5

Theaters: 1,319 (-361)

Per-theater average: $2,502

Cume to date: $40.9 million

No. 9: Kicking & Screaming (Universal Pictures, PG)

Gross: $2.1 million (-59%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 1,836 (-1,130)

Per-theater average: $1,144

Cume to date: $47.5 million

No. 10: Unleashed (Focus Features, R)

Gross: $889,576 (-53%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 575 (-844)

Per-theater average: $1,547

Cume to date: $23.6 million

OTHER OPENINGS

Rock School (Picturehouse, R)

Gross: $28,300

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 32

Per-theater average: $884

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