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Madagascar Sequel Opens Wider in Europe

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Madagascar Sequel Opens Wider in Europe

DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will get a boost at the box office this weekend as it opens in France, Germany and the U.K. The movie has earned $232 million worldwide, but has an uphill climb to reach the $532 million the first Madagascar toon made worldwide. Meanwhile, Disney’s 3-D Bolt arrives in theaters in Spain, according to Daily Variety.

Escape 2 Africa is expected to do especially well in the U.K., where it is an odds-on favorite to win the weekend. Preview screening held last weekend brought in approximately $3.5 million, and another $5.5 million is forecasted over the next three days. The original film did well across the pond in 2005, and U.K. audiences tend to flock to family fare during the holidays.

Upon its domestic opening earlier this month, Escape 2 Africa shot to the top of the box-office chart with about $63.5 million in receipts. The pic was displaced the following weekend by the latest James Bond thriller, Quantum of Solace, which has been the U.K.’s top performer up until last week. It appears as though conditions are ripe for a bit of payback.

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