This coming weekend will be dominated by a team of talking animals.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will easily claim the top spot at the box office in its opening frame. In May 2005, the original Madagascar brought in a staggering $47.2 million during its opening weekend before ending up with a very healthy $193.2 million domestic gross. Considering that Madagascar has helped solidify an audience on DVD since then, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa should improve upon the original's opening tally and it could land in the $52-$54 million range when it opens at 3,900 locations tomorrow.
Role Models, which stars Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott, is the new release with the highest opening location count after Madagascar 2 and it will be showing in 2,700 theatres this weekend.
While Rudd and Scott haven't really achieved success outside of scene-stealing supporting roles, the R-rated Models could appeal to older audiences who are looking for a comedy after just enduring a very serious election season. Role Models should bring in around $9-$10 million this weekend.
Also opening wide this weekend is Soul Men, which features a lead performance from the late Bernie Mac (he provided his voice to Madagascar 2 as well). Soul also stars Samuel L. Jackson, whose most recent film, Lakeview Terrace, opened in first place this past September. Soul Men lands at 2,044 locations tomorrow and it could grab as much as $8 million this weekend.
Last weekend's champ,
High School Musical 3: Senior Year, will see a significant amount of its pre-teen audience jump ship to
and it will have to fight to stay in the top 3 this weekend.