Auds Wild for Sith, Madagascar

The long Memorial Day weekend proved to be just what Hollywood needed to jumpstart the summer box office after a long period of weak attendance. In its second week, 20th Century Fox’s Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith still rules the universe, but DreamWorks’ Madagascar and Paramount’s remake of The Longest Yard aren’t far behind with solid numbers of their own.

Sith brought in an estimated $70.7 million over the four-day frame, holding onto the top spot and bringing its two-week total to a staggering $271 million domestically. The film is also a force to be reckoned with overseas, racking up an estimated worldwide total of $520 million.<

Claiming the No. 2 spot is DreamWorks Animation’s latest CG comedy/adventure, Madagascar. The animated family pic pulled in around $61 million. While not exactly a Shrek opening, the flick’s bow was slightly better than that of Shark Tale, which debuted last October to $47.6 million on its way to $340 million worldwide. Madagascar should continue to show legs as Sith attendance drops off and few high-profile family features enter the ring.

One of Magagascars lead voices, Chris Rock, also has a co-starring role in the weekend’s No. 3 film, The Longest Yard. The sports comedy about convicts taking on prison guards in a game of football scored an impressive $60 million despite the tough competition.

Meanwhile, Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez are still selling tickets with their New Line comedy release, Monster In Law. The successful film picked up another $11 million over the weekend to claim fourth place with a three-week total of around $60.7 million. Rounding out the top five is Universal’s, Kicking and Screaming, which isn’t putting up much of a fight in its third week out of the gate. The Will Ferrell comedy earned only $6.5 million to raise its cume to just north of $44 million.