Not even close. For the second weekend in a row, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is America’s number one attraction; down just 41% with an estimate of $35.5 million. Though down a much more substantial 60%, Fox’s Prometheus managed to hold on to second place thanks to two widely underperforming debuts. Those would be Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy which, even when combined, couldn’t come close to challenging for first place.
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We’ve got a bunch of new posters for you on this fine Friday morning. After the jump, you can find international posters for Rock of Ages, Men in Black 3, Iron Sky, Chernobyl Diaries, Ted, and domestic posters for Ted and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and for each film’s release date and synopsis.
A new trailer and poster for Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted have gone online. The Madagascar movies aren’t going to redefine animation or family films, but I still giggled thoughtout this trailer. I found the first movie surprisingly enjoyable, but the sequel was a letdown. Judging by the trailer, Europe’s Most Wanted looks like a bit of silly fun, and I’m absolutely fine with that.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the poster. The film features the voices of Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain and Martin Short. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted opens on June 8th.
After years of playing little sister to Pixar, Dreamworks Animation has finally come out on top, securing Oscar nominations for both Puss and Boots and Kung Fu Panda 2 in 2011. Riding high on the financial and critical success of these films, the studio invited press to the Director’s Guild of America the other day for a preview of their 2012 slate.
During the presentation, we saw about 25 minutes of the anthropomorphized crime caper, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the premiere of the first footage from Rise of the Guardians, an epic new William Joyce (Meet the Robinsons) adaptation that focuses on the battle between holiday figureheads and the boogieman. Hit the jump for a breakdown of the footage and some thoughts.
by Jason Barr Posted: August 11th, 2011 at 3:10 pm
After co-directing 2007′s Bee Movie alongside Steve Hickner, Simon Smith is now riding solo on another DreamWorks Animation feature. Smith has been tapped to direct the studio’s Madagascar spin-off movie centering on the franchise’s ever-popular penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Private, and Rico. DreamWorks announced development on the project back in March when it handed over script duties to Megamind screenwriters Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons.
In spite of its recent progress, Heat Vision reports that the film isn’t expected to begin casting anytime in the near future. As for Smith, the director is quite familiar with DreamWorks properties having worked as the head of layout for Antz and Shrek as well as directing two video shorts entitled Far Far Away Idol and Megamind: The Button of Doom while working his way through the studio ranks. Megamind‘s Lara Breay will produce the spin-off pic.
by Jason Barr Posted: January 12th, 2011 at 7:05 pm
Oscar-winner Frances McDormand (Fargo) will lend her voice to DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3. Per Heat Vision, McDormand will voice the film’s villain, a “calculating and goal-oriented animal control officer.” Though little is currently known of Noah Baumbach’s script, the report confirms that the third installment will follow the animals as they reunite and attempt to find their way home by way of traveling circus (not a method I would recommend to youngsters watching the film).
In addition to McDormand, Madagascar 3 will also return franchise regulars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, and David Schwimmer. The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on May 18th, 2012. As for McDormand, she has two films set for release in 2011: This Must Be the Place alongside Sean Penn (release date currently unspecified), and Transformers: Dark of the Moon which opens July 1st.
One of the year’s best animated films wasn’t a sequel. It was DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon. So naturally they’re making lots of sequels. We already knew that Dragon 2 was greenlit with the original cast returning, but Jeffrey Katzenberg has now explained how far his studio’s sequel-mania extends. Katzenberg tells Empire that the studio is planning for a total of four Madagascar movies, at least three How to Train Your Dragon films, and six installments in the Kung Fu Panda franchise.
Hit the jump for Katzenberg giving minor details on how these franchises are going to keep their stories going.
NBC has announced they’ll be airing 2 all-new half-hour holiday specials based off of “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Madagascar”. Many of the original characters will return for both films along with the original voice talents. “Monster vs. Aliens” will have the Halloween special with “Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space”, while “Madagascar” will get the Christmas special with “”Merry Madagascar”. To find out when both specials will air and what they will be about, continue reading after the jump.