Madagascar 2 Roars to No. 1
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Audiences went wild for Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa this weekend as the animated sequel led the way atop the box office with $63.5 million.
The three-day haul bests the original's four-day Memorial Day weekend intake of $61 million in 2005, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Way behind in second — but with a very respectable bow — was the R-rated Role Models, snatching $19.3 million, exceeding pundits' expectations.
The weekend's other new release, Soul Men, co-starring the late Bernie Mac, opened in sixth with $5.6 million.
After two weeks at the top, High School Musical 3: Senior Year tumbled to third with $9.3 million, while last week's silver medalist, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, dipped 35 percent for $6.5 million, good for fifth place.
Holding steady, though, is Angelina Jolie's abduction drama Changeling, finishing fourth ($7.3 million) for the second week in a row.
Rounding out the top 10 were Saw V (No. 7, $4.2 million), The Haunting of Molly Hartley (No. 8, $3.5 million), The Secret Life of Bees (No. 9, $3.1 million) and Eagle Eye (No. 10, $2.6 million).