June 17 - The latest celebrity news including the wrap on the weekend box office where ''Madagascar 3'' easily outpaces the efforts of Tom and Adam. John Russell reports.
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The animals of "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" held the top spot on U.S. and Canadian box office charts for a second straight weekend with 35.5 million dollars (USD) in ticket sales, beating new films from Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler, according to studio estimates on Sunday.
The third "Madagascar" movie about the misadventures of escaped zoo animals lifted the animated family film above new release "Rock of Ages," a 1980s-era musical starring Cruise that was No. 3, and comedy "That's My Boy," which landed with a thud at No. 5 in what box office watchers said was the worst opening for a live-action Sandler movie since 1996's "Happy Gilmore."
Director Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller "Prometheus," the story of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind, pulled in 20 million to finish second.
The Broadway musical adaptation "Rock of Ages" finished in third place with 15 million for its story of a young couple who pursue their dreams of stardom. Cruise plays an aging rocker and Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough and Catherine Zeta-Jones also star.
Warner Bros., the studio behind the film is hoping it can build a following in the weeks ahead.
"That's My Boy," an R-rated comedy pairing Sandler with fellow "Saturday Night Live" alum Andy Samberg, who plays the son of Sandler's deadbeat dad character, failed to excite fans and had a take of only 13 million.
At Madame Tussauds Hollywood, a wax figure of the late American rapper and actor, Tupac Shakur was unveiled on Saturday (June 16), June 16th, the day on which he would have celebrated his 41st birthday.
The singer was killed as a result of a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.
John Russell, Reuters.
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