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7. "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
U.S. opening: June 8
Comparables: "Madgascar" (2005) - $195 million, "Madagascar 2: Escape from Africa" (2008) - $180 million
Prediction: $165 million
Lowdown: The third installment in the "Madgascar" series should launch with a hot start as the first animated family film of the summer. It will have two weekends to mine that audience until Pixar's "Brave" debuts on June 22. "Madgascar" should also appeal more to young boys and because its a comedy it could pull in more adult moviegoers than a traditional animated family film. However, like "Escape From Africa" it will likely gross less than its predecessor. And DreamWorks Animation will be more than happy with $150 million or more. The value of this franchise is overseas where "Escape 2 Africa" pulled in $423 million.