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DreamWorks Animation Comic-Con panel: Caveman families and penguin movies!

The Projects: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted; Rise of the Guardians; and The Croods

The Panel: Bill Damaschke, chief creative officer of DreamWorks Animation; James Baxter, supervising animator for The Croods; Tom McGrath, director of Madagascar 3; and Patrick Hanenberger, production designer for Rise of the Guardians. EW’s Anthony Breznican moderated the panel.

The Big Revelations: At the very end of the panel, Madagascar 3 director McGrath (who also voices Skipper the penguin) confirmed that the penguins of Madagascar will be getting their own feature film, out in 2015. It will be titled, appropriately enough, The Penguins of Madagascar (the same title as an animated TV Nickelodeon series from DreamWorks Animation).  READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Ted' lights up box office with $54.1 million; 'Magic Mike' sizzles with $39.2 million

Who had more money thrown at him this weekend? A bong-smoking teddy bear with a bad attitude or Channing Tatum in a sparkly G-string?

Surprisingly, the stuffed animal proved the victor! Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy comedy Ted, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, earned an impressive $54.1 million out of 3,239 theaters during its debut weekend—the third-best debut ever for an R rated comedy behind the openings of The Hangover Part II ($85.9 million) and Sex and the City ($57 million) — and the best debut ever for an original comedic storyline.

What went right? READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Brave' hits the bullseye with $66.7 million; 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' gets staked

For the third time this year, following strong openings from The Hunger Games and Snow White and the Huntsman,  a movie with a tough female protagonist topped the box office in a major way.

Disney-Pixar’s Brave was right on target in its debut weekend, opening to $66.7 million — the fifth-best debut ever for a Pixar film, and a faster start than last year’s Cars 2, which opened with $66.1 million. Brave continued Pixar’s streak of number one debuts, as all 13 of the studio’s releases have reached the peak position during their first weekend of wide release. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Brave' slashes competition with $24.5 million on Friday

Pixar will earn yet another number one debut this weekend.

Their latest effort, Brave, topped the box office on Friday with an estimated $24.5 million — far above the rest of the competition. While the result is a touch behind Cars 2‘s first day of $25.7 million (on the way to a $66.1 million debut), since Brave is not a sequel, it will likely hold up a bit better over the rest of the weekend. The Scottish adventure will reach the box office highlands with about $67 million this weekend. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Brave' targets No. 1 debut

Blockbuster animated movies are usually few and far between, but after two weeks of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted reigning at the box office, another animated film is ready to take first place, and neither a vampire hunting emancipator nor an outright apocalypse will get in its way.

Disney-Pixar’s Brave should easily top the box office this weekend, thanks mostly to the tremendous amount of goodwill that Pixar has shored up with audiences over the last 15 years. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Madagascar 3' earns $35.5M, more than 'Rock of Ages' and 'That's My Boy' combined

A couple of high-profile openers couldn’t force the animals of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted into their cages. The animated comedy topped the box office once again this weekend, while Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy delivered majorly disappointing debuts.

Dreamworks’ $145 million effort Madagascar 3 roared a second time following its $60.3 million start. The CG-animated film dipped 41 percent to $35.5 million this frame. That’s better than the second weekend decline of its predecessor, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which fell by 45 percent and had earned a slightly softer $116.9 million at the same point in its run. Madagascar 3 has grossed $120.5 million over ten days, and is headed to a $180 million finish domestically. Worldwide, the 3-D film has grossed a robust $278 million, and will likely finish near $600 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Madagascar 3' tops Friday with $10 million; 'Rock of Ages' and 'That's My Boy' disappoint

Dreamworks’ animated comedy Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is headed to an easy weekend win at the box office following the poor opening Friday of newcomers Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy.

Madagascar 3 earned an estimated $10 million on Friday, putting it on pace for a $35 million sophomore weekend, which would give the $145 million title a ten-day total of about $120 million.

Prometheus will once again finish in second place this frame, but that doesn’t mean it’s holding up particularly well. Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel dropped by a an alarming 72 percent from last Friday to $5.8 million. It will recover a bit over the rest of the weekend, but Prometheus is still looking at a 62 percent drop to $19 million.

In third place, Rock of Ages flew like a rock, grossing a weak $5.4 million on its opening day. The $65 million musical may take in about $15 million. Of course, that will be better than Adam Sandler’s latest, That’s My Boy, which got off to an abysmal start with $4.6 million yesterday. Boy will be lucky to reach $13 million.

Snow White and the Huntsman rounded out the Top 5 with another $4 million, though it may climb past That’s My Boy over the rest of the frame.

1. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – $10 million
2. Prometheus – $5.8 million
3. Rock of Ages – $5.4 million
4. That’s My Boy – $4.6 million
5. Snow White and the Huntsman – $4 million

Check back tomorrow for a full box office report, and follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute box office updates.

Box office preview: 'Rock of Ages' and 'That's My Boy' take on 'Madagascar 3'

Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler, two box office titans (in very different genres), offer up their latest movies this week.

Cruise stars in Rock of Ages, the ’80s-rock musical based on the hit Broadway show, while Sandler serves up his standard crass-and-proud-of-it comedy with the R-rated That’s My Boy. Both titles should play to broad mainstream audiences, but whether they can dethrone Madagascar 3 is another story.

Here’s how I think the Top 5 will shake out: READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Madagascar 3' roars with $60.4 million debut, holding 'Prometheus' at No. 2

Six weeks ago, The Avengers entered theaters and blew everyone’s expectations out of the water with its record-breaking $207.4 million debut.

In the weeks that followed, though, the box office fell into a bit of a slump. Expensive tentpoles like Battleship and Dark Shadows outright bombed, while major studio fare like What to Expect When You’re Expecting and The Dictator underperformed, and even Men In Black 3‘s number one opening felt weak given its predecessors’ strength.

Last weekend, Snow White and the Hunstman exceeded industry expectations, giving Hollywood hope that summer 2012 might live up to the hype that The Avengers had suggested. This weekend, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and and Prometheus continued to ease any fears that the box office was in trouble with robust debuts in first and second place, respectively. These hefty starts helped the Top 10 films gross $169.6 million, up a whopping 30 percent over the same weekend in 2011, when Super 8 topped the chart. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Prometheus' leads Friday with $21.4 million, but 'Madagascar 3' will win weekend

The box office continued its major recovery on Friday following weeks of disappointing returns, as Prometheus and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted  both opened forcefully, building on Snow White and the Huntsman‘s success last weekend.

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus topped the box office on Friday following strong midnight showings with an impressive $21.4 million haul. The $130 million R-rated picture is headed for a weekend gross of about $56 million, but surprisingly, that won’t be enough to earn first place for the weekend. READ FULL STORY

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