Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $216,391,482Details
International Box Office $530,529,789
Worldwide Box Office $746,921,271
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $55,778,796 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $20,536,092 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $76,314,888
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Synopsis

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
79% - Certified Fresh
Audience
73% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$145,000,000
Theatrical Release: June 8th, 2012 (Wide) by Paramount Pictures
Video Release: October 16th, 2012 by Paramount Home Video
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild action and rude humor.
(Rating bulletin 2216, 3/28/2012)
Franchise: Madagascar
Keywords: Directing Yourself, Road Trip, Circus, Talking Animals, Animal Lead, IMAX: DMR, 3-D - Shot in 3-D, 3-D, Romance, Non-Chronological, Gambling, Intertitle, Dream Sequence, Monte Carlo
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Adventure
Production Method:Digital Animation
Creative Type:Kids Fiction
Production Companies: DreamWorks Animation, PDI

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 23rd, 2012

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Weekend Estimates: Brave Opens High, Lincoln Crashes

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International Box Office: Madagascar Cracks Quarter Billion

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Weekend Wrap-Up: Rock Sinks, Boy Bombs

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Weekend Estimates: Madagascar Holds On as Openers Disappoint

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Weekend Predictions: Will the Box Office Rock?

It could be a really close race for the top of the box office chart between Rock of Ages, That's My Boy, and last week's winner, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. All three films have a shot at a weekend haul in the mid-to-high $30 million range. That's the good news. The bad news is, none of them really have a shot at matching Green Lattern's $50 million opening from this weekend last year. Because of this, 2012 will need to rely on depth to earn a win in the year-over-year comparison and while there are some positive signs, it could be a close race. More...

International Box Office: Madagascar is Wanted Worldwide

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted led the way on the international chart with $77.28 million on 10,877 screens in 28 markets. Its best single market was Russia, where it pulled in $9.80 million on 1,670 screens, which was easily enough for first place. It was also dominant in France with $7.96 million on 685 screens. A pair of Latin American markets also contributed to its overall success with it earning $7.53 million on 890 screens over the weekend in Brazil, for a total opening in that market of $10.85 million. In Mexico, it earned $6.98 million on 1,965. The studio is going with a spread out release schedule, so it doesn't have a whole lot of major markets in the coming weeks, while it doesn't end its international run till October when it debuts in the U.K. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Animated Animals Outpace Aliens

In just two weeks, the box office went from slump to soaring. Both Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Prometheus were box office hits and for first time in nearly four years and for only the second time ever, two films opened with more than $50 million at the box office. The overall box office reached $182 million, which shows the holdovers were also an important part of the overall picture. This was an increase of 27% from last weekend and a 32% increase from last year. A 32% increase would be amazing under normal circumstances, but just two weeks ago, we saw a 30% decrease in the year-over-year comparison, which makes this turnaround even more stunning. Year-to-date, 2012 remains ahead of 2011 by just shy of 10% at $4.70 billion to $4.28 billion and things look pretty good next weekend as well. Not as good as they were this weekend, but pretty good. More...

Per Theater Chart: Moon Shines Over Wide Releases

For the third weekend in a row, Moonrise Kingdom remained the top film on the per theater chart with an average of $16,247. Again, most limited releases would kill to have an opening week per theater average that high while playing in only a couple theaters. Moonrise Kingdom did it in its third weekend of release while playing in nearly 100 theaters. To call it a success is an understatement. Prometheus finished in second place with $15,032, while the overall box office leader, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, was right behind with an average of $14,166. Dark Horse opened with $13,551 in its lone theater. Safety Not Guaranteed opened in ninety theaters, which is a little high for a limited release, but it still earned an impressive average of $10,862. More...

Weekend Predictions: Aliens vs. Predator

There is an actual race for top spot on the box office chart between two new releases. We haven't seen that since early February. This week we have Aliens, represented by Prometheus, and we have Predators, represented by Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. Okay, technically only Alex is a predator, but that's close enough. Both films are expected to top last year's number one film, Super 8, and with Snow White and the Huntsman opening better than expected last weekend, the holdovers should be stronger as well. 2012 should finally end the slump that began three weeks ago. More...

2012 Preview: June

As May ends and we look forward to June, we have some good news and some bad news to report from last month. First the bad news. Nearly every film missed expectations, sometimes by massive levels. The good news? The Avengers was a record-breaking hit and it managed to compensate for every miss of the month and May of 2012 was just as strong as May of 2011. Unfortunately, the month has ended on a low note and The Avengers is shedding theaters, so new releases will be really important for June's chances. There are two films that were supposed to open wide this month that are no longer doing so, although we did have one film moved up to replace G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but that still leaves just twelve films opening wide over the five weekends in June. This does include six films that have a real shot at earning $100 million or more at the box office, and three of those have a shot at $200 million. Prometheus is earning a ton of buzz and there are some that think it will be the biggest hit of the month. It might even be a $300 million hit. However, you can't count out Brave in the race to become the biggest hit of the month, as Pixar's average is over $250 million and $300 million is also not out of the question. It's hard to compare last June, because there were only four weekends last June, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon opened on the Wednesday before the July 1st long weekend, which throws off the numbers. If you consider Dark of the Moon a June release, then there were six $100 million movies and one $300 million this month last year. We will need nearly every film to match expectations in order for 2012 to continue to strengthen its lead on 2011. More...

Cast

Ben Stiller    Alex
Chris Rock    Marty
David Schwimmer    Melman
Jada Pinkett Smith    Gloria
Sacha Baron Cohen    King Julian XII
Cedric the Entertainer    Maurice
Andy Richter    Mort
Frances McDormand    Captain Chantel DuBois
Tom McGrath    Skipper
Jessica Chastain    Gia
Bryan Cranston    Vitaly
Martin Short    Stefano
Eric Darnell    Comandante/Zoo Official/Zoo Announcer
Frank Welker    Sonya

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Eric Darnell
Re-recording Mixer    Garry Summers
Director    Conrad Vernon
Director    Tom McGrath
Screenwriter    Eric Darnell
Screenwriter    Noah Baumbach
Producer    Mireille Soria
Producer    Mark Swift
Editor    Nick Fletcher
Composer    Hans Zimmer
Production Designer    Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin
Art Director    Shannon Jeffries
Head of Character Animation    Rex Grignon
Head of Story    Rob Koo
Head of Layout    Nol Le Meyer
Sound Designer    Will Files
Supervising Sound Editor    Dennis Leonard
Re-recording Mixer    Will Files
Visual Effects Supervisor    Mahesh Ramasubramanian
Associate Producer    Holly Edwards
Casting Director    Leslee Feldman
Casting Director    Christi Soper

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/06/08 2 $20,650,819   4,258 $4,850   $20,650,819 1
2012/06/09 1 $22,569,192 +9% 4,258 $5,300   $43,220,011 2
2012/06/10 1 $17,096,727 -24% 4,258 $4,015   $60,316,738 3
2012/06/11 1 $6,328,868 -63% 4,258 $1,486   $66,645,606 4
2012/06/12 1 $7,140,020 +13% 4,258 $1,677   $73,785,626 5
2012/06/13 1 $5,753,661 -19% 4,258 $1,351   $79,539,287 6
2012/06/14 1 $5,411,245 -6% 4,258 $1,271   $84,950,532 7
2012/06/15 1 $10,032,414 +85% 4,263 $2,353   $94,982,946 8
2012/06/16 1 $13,347,088 +33% 4,263 $3,131   $108,330,034 9
2012/06/17 1 $10,675,972 -20% 4,263 $2,504   $119,006,006 10
2012/06/18 1 $4,380,845 -59% 4,263 $1,028   $123,386,851 11
2012/06/19 1 $5,032,286 +15% 4,263 $1,180   $128,419,137 12
2012/06/20 1 $4,511,005 -10% 4,263 $1,058   $132,930,142 13
2012/06/21 1 $4,443,580 -1% 4,263 $1,042   $137,373,722 14
2012/06/22 3 $6,181,376 +39% 3,920 $1,577   $143,555,098 15
2012/06/23 2 $7,763,296 +26% 3,920 $1,980   $151,318,394 16
2012/06/24 2 $5,767,643 -26% 3,920 $1,471   $157,086,037 17
2012/06/25 2 $3,063,686 -47% 3,920 $782   $160,149,723 18
2012/06/26 2 $3,202,578 +5% 3,920 $817   $163,352,301 19
2012/06/27 2 $2,422,849 -24% 3,920 $618   $165,775,150 20
2012/06/28 2 $2,421,372 n/c 3,920 $618   $168,196,522 21
2012/06/29 5 $3,610,261 +49% 3,715 $972   $171,806,783 22
2012/06/30 5 $4,654,223 +29% 3,715 $1,253   $176,461,006 23
2012/07/01 5 $3,575,792 -23% 3,715 $963   $180,036,798 24
2012/07/02 5 $1,988,131 -44% 3,715 $535   $182,024,929 25
2012/07/03 6 $2,162,905 +9% 3,715 $582   $184,187,834 26
2012/07/04 6 $2,363,248 +9% 3,715 $636   $186,551,082 27
2012/07/05 7 $1,833,354 -22% 3,715 $494   $188,384,436 28
2012/07/06 8 $2,362,760 +29% 2,861 $826   $190,747,196 29
2012/07/07 7 $3,061,020 +30% 2,861 $1,070   $193,808,216 30
2012/07/08 7 $2,096,910 -31% 2,861 $733   $195,905,126 31
2012/07/09 8 $942,171 -55% 2,861 $329   $196,847,297 32
2012/07/10 7 $1,281,846 +36% 2,861 $448   $198,129,143 33
2012/07/11 7 $1,067,702 -17% 2,861 $373   $199,196,845 34
2012/07/12 6 $1,034,877 -3% 2,861 $362   $200,231,722 35
2012/07/13 9 $1,067,562 +3% 2,285 $467   $201,299,284 36
2012/07/14 9 $1,458,003 +37% 2,285 $638   $202,757,287 37
2012/07/15 8 $1,144,110 -22% 2,285 $501   $203,901,397 38
2012/07/16 9 $500,165 -56% 2,285 $219   $204,401,562 39
2012/07/17 8 $740,068 +48% 2,285 $324   $205,141,630 40
2012/07/18 8 $588,356 -20% 2,285 $257   $205,729,986 41
2012/07/19 8 $545,269 -7% 2,285 $239   $206,275,255 42
2012/07/20 10 $457,077 -16% 1,261 $362   $206,732,332 43
2012/07/21 11 $505,286 +11% 1,261 $401   $207,237,618 44
2012/07/22 10 $388,583 -23% 1,261 $308   $207,626,201 45
2012/07/23 11 $220,850 -43% 1,261 $175   $207,847,051 46
2012/07/24 10 $300,792 +36% 1,261 $239   $208,147,843 47
2012/07/25 10 $224,229 -25% 1,261 $178   $208,372,072 48
2012/07/26 8 $298,328 +33% 1,261 $237   $208,670,400 49
2012/07/27 - $266,104 -11% 808 $329   $208,936,504 50
2012/07/28 - $353,910 +33% 808 $438   $209,290,414 51
2012/07/29 - $280,556 -21% 808 $347   $209,570,970 52
2012/07/30 - $138,845 -51% 808 $172   $209,709,815 53
2012/07/31 11 $193,431 +39% 808 $239   $209,903,246 54
2012/08/01 11 $190,452 -2% 808 $236   $210,093,698 55
2012/08/02 11 $171,132 -10% 808 $212   $210,264,830 56
2012/08/03 - $160,974 -6% 504 $319   $210,425,804 57
2012/08/04 - $223,554 +39% 504 $444   $210,649,358 58
2012/08/05 - $202,984 -9% 504 $403   $210,852,342 59
2012/08/06 - $101,761 -50% 504 $202   $210,954,103 60
2012/08/07 - $115,043 +13% 504 $228   $211,069,146 61
2012/08/08 - $91,785 -20% 504 $182   $211,160,931 62
2012/08/09 - $103,833 +13% 504 $206   $211,264,764 63
2012/08/10 - $134,245 +29% 306 $439   $211,399,009 64
2012/08/11 - $171,367 +28% 306 $560   $211,570,376 65
2012/08/12 - $115,823 -32% 306 $379   $211,686,199 66
2012/08/13 - $64,629 -44% 306 $211   $211,750,828 67
2012/08/14 - $98,494 +52% 306 $322   $211,849,322 68
2012/08/15 - $68,078 -31% 306 $222   $211,917,400 69
2012/08/16 - $59,277 -13% 306 $194   $211,976,677 70
2012/08/17 - $204,799 +245% 406 $504   $212,181,476 71
2012/08/18 - $290,498 +42% 406 $716   $212,471,974 72
2012/08/19 - $212,726 -27% 406 $524   $212,684,700 73
2012/08/20 - $94,551 -56% 406 $233   $212,779,251 74
2012/08/21 - $124,109 +31% 406 $306   $212,903,360 75
2012/08/22 - $91,210 -27% 406 $225   $212,994,570 76
2012/08/23 - $88,691 -3% 406 $218   $213,083,261 77
2012/08/24 17 $167,836 +89% 374 $449   $213,251,097 78
2012/08/25 17 $261,778 +56% 374 $700   $213,512,875 79
2012/08/26 17 $176,187 -33% 374 $471   $213,689,062 80
2012/08/27 - $53,787 -69% 374 $144   $213,742,849 81
2012/08/28 - $65,430 +22% 374 $175   $213,808,279 82
2012/08/29 - $50,641 -23% 374 $135   $213,858,920 83
2012/08/30 - $50,529 n/c 374 $135   $213,909,449 84
2012/08/31 - $133,189 +164% 505 $264   $214,042,638 85
2012/09/01 - $249,908 +88% 505 $495   $214,292,546 86
2012/09/02 - $247,112 -1% 505 $489   $214,539,658 87
2012/09/03 - $232,880 -6% 505 $461   $214,772,538 88
2012/09/04 - $41,330 -82% 505 $82   $214,813,868 89
2012/09/05 - $23,742 -43% 505 $47   $214,837,610 90
2012/09/06 - $21,572 -9% 505 $43   $214,859,182 91
2012/09/07 - $79,106 +267% 345 $229   $214,938,288 92
2012/09/08 - $191,179 +142% 345 $554   $215,129,467 93
2012/09/09 - $110,698 -42% 345 $321   $215,240,165 94
2012/09/10 - $16,844 -85% 345 $49   $215,257,009 95
2012/09/11 - $21,326 +27% 345 $62   $215,278,335 96
2012/09/12 - $18,519 -13% 345 $54   $215,296,854 97
2012/09/13 - $18,374 -1% 345 $53   $215,315,228 98
2012/09/14 - $65,502 +256% 306 $214   $215,380,730 99
2012/09/15 - $138,662 +112% 306 $453   $215,519,392 100
2012/09/16 - $84,851 -39% 306 $277   $215,604,243 101
2012/09/17 - $18,519 -78% 306 $61   $215,622,762 102
2012/09/18 - $18,249 -1% 306 $60   $215,641,011 103
2012/09/19 - $16,193 -11% 306 $53   $215,657,204 104
2012/09/20 - $15,588 -4% 306 $51   $215,672,792 105
2012/09/21 - $50,489 +224% 240 $210   $215,723,281 106
2012/09/22 - $107,139 +112% 240 $446   $215,830,420 107
2012/09/23 - $66,031 -38% 240 $275   $215,896,451 108
2012/09/24 - $10,550 -84% 240 $44   $215,907,001 109
2012/09/25 - $13,703 +30% 240 $57   $215,920,704 110
2012/09/26 - $15,522 +13% 240 $65   $215,936,226 111
2012/09/27 - $10,948 -29% 240 $46   $215,947,174 112
2012/09/28 - $33,484 +206% 203 $165   $215,980,658 113
2012/09/29 - $70,893 +112% 203 $349   $216,051,551 114
2012/09/30 - $44,793 -37% 203 $221   $216,096,344 115
2012/10/01 - $7,111 -84% 203 $35   $216,103,455 116
2012/10/02 - $10,975 +54% 203 $54   $216,114,430 117
2012/10/03 - $8,444 -23% 203 $42   $216,122,874 118
2012/10/04 - $9,418 +12% 203 $46   $216,132,292 119
2012/10/05 - $23,225 +147% 155 $150   $216,155,517 120
2012/10/06 - $45,902 +98% 155 $296   $216,201,419 121
2012/10/07 - $32,335 -30% 155 $209   $216,233,754 122
2012/10/08 - $19,633 -39% 155 $127   $216,253,387 123
2012/10/09 - $9,382 -52% 155 $61   $216,262,769 124
2012/10/10 - $7,651 -18% 155 $49   $216,270,420 125
2012/10/11 - $9,688 +27% 155 $63   $216,280,108 126
2012/10/12 - $19,700 +103% 122 $161   $216,299,808 127
2012/10/13 - $39,720 +102% 122 $326   $216,339,528 128
2012/10/14 - $27,205 -32% 122 $223   $216,366,733 129
2012/10/15 - $5,450 -80% 122 $45   $216,372,183 130
2012/10/16 - $4,906 -10% 122 $40   $216,377,089 131
2012/10/17 - $5,169 +5% 122 $42   $216,382,258 132
2012/10/18 - $9,224 +78% 122 $76   $216,391,482 133

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/06/08 1 $60,316,738   4,258 $14,166   $60,316,738 3
2012/06/15 1 $34,055,474 -44% 4,263 $7,989   $119,006,006 10
2012/06/22 2 $19,712,315 -42% 3,920 $5,029   $157,086,037 17
2012/06/29 5 $11,840,276 -40% 3,715 $3,187   $180,036,798 24
2012/07/06 7 $7,520,690 -36% 2,861 $2,629   $195,905,126 31
2012/07/13 10 $3,669,675 -51% 2,285 $1,606   $203,901,397 38
2012/07/20 11 $1,350,946 -63% 1,261 $1,071   $207,626,201 45
2012/07/27 14 $900,570 -33% 808 $1,115   $209,570,970 52
2012/08/03 17 $587,512 -35% 504 $1,166   $210,852,342 59
2012/08/10 19 $421,435 -28% 306 $1,377   $211,686,199 66
2012/08/17 18 $708,023 +68% 406 $1,744   $212,684,700 73
2012/08/24 17 $605,801 -14% 374 $1,620   $213,689,062 80
2012/08/31 23 $630,209 +4% 505 $1,248   $214,539,658 87
2012/09/07 25 $380,983 -40% 345 $1,104   $215,240,165 94
2012/09/14 30 $289,015 -24% 306 $944   $215,604,243 101
2012/09/21 33 $223,659 -23% 240 $932   $215,896,451 108
2012/09/28 35 $149,170 -33% 203 $735   $216,096,344 115
2012/10/05 38 $101,462 -32% 155 $655   $216,233,754 122
2012/10/12 35 $86,625 -15% 122 $710   $216,366,733 129

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
10/21/20121943,652 943,652$16,032,647$16,032,6471
10/28/20124326,792-65% 1,270,444$5,869,184$21,901,8322
11/4/20124208,841-36% 1,479,285$3,218,240$25,120,0723
11/11/20126170,715-18% 1,650,000$3,066,041$28,186,1134
11/18/20129100,788-41% 1,750,788$1,806,121$29,992,2345
11/25/20122680,836+576% 2,431,624$11,267,836$41,260,0706
12/2/201221124,159-82% 2,555,783$1,893,425$43,153,4957
12/9/201220120,214-3% 2,675,997$1,713,050$44,866,5448
12/16/201221101,521-16% 2,777,518$1,086,275$45,952,8199
12/23/201212197,333+94% 2,974,851$2,328,529$48,281,34810
12/30/20122687,380-56% 3,062,231$1,545,752$49,827,10011
1/6/20133033,450-62% 3,092,920$501,416$50,279,67412
2/17/20131682,500 3,230,709$1,235,025$52,335,60418
3/31/20131968,340 3,325,536$1,024,417$53,757,06124

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
10/21/20121485,959 485,959$9,991,317$9,991,3171
10/28/20124117,221-76% 603,180$2,725,382$12,716,6992
11/4/2012290,126-23% 693,305$2,139,585$14,856,2843
11/11/2012526,931-70% 720,237$686,744$15,543,0284
11/18/2012921,069-22% 741,306$524,619$16,067,6475
12/16/20121161,637 847,009$1,100,838$17,944,9249
12/23/20121781,637+32% 928,646$1,476,811$19,421,73510

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted HD Trailer

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