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Adam Sandler (left) Andy Samberg scene from “That’s My Boy.”

Adam Sandler (left) and Andy Samberg in a scene from “That’s My Boy.”

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Estimated ticket sales for
Friday through Sunday at North American theaters (in millions):

1. Madagascar 3... $35.5

2. Prometheus $20.2

3. Rock of Ages $15.1

4. Snow White... $13.8

5. That’s My Boy $13

6. Men in Black 3 $10

7. The Avengers $8.8

8. .....Marigold Hotel $2.2

9. Moonrise Kingdom $2.18

10. What to Expect..... $1.3

Updated: July 19, 2012 6:22AM

LOS ANGELES — Zoo animals remain hot at the box office. Singing stars and Adam Sandler are not.

Ben Stiller and his voice co-stars of “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” held on to the No. 1 spot again, with $35.5 million for the animated sequel’s second weekend in domestic theaters.

Studio estimates Sunday put Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure “Prometheus” at No. 2 again with $20.2 million.

“Madagascar 3” and “Prometheus” held off two under-achieving newcomers. The star-studded musical “Rock of Ages,” whose cast includes Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin, flopped at No. 3 with $15.1 million.

Sandler’s “That’s My Boy” bombed with $13 million, the worst showing for one of his broad comedies since the mid-1990s. “That’s My Boy” came in at No. 5, behind the $13.8 million for “Snow White & the Huntsman,” a film that’s been out for three weekends already.

“Sure, we would have liked to have done more,” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony, which released “That’s My Boy” and most of Sandler’s past movies. “But you’ve got to give it to Adam. He mixes it up. This is a really off-the-wall comedy.”

As with most Sandler movies, the reviews were bad, but that usually does not stop his audience of young males from showing up. Its R rating may have cut into the movie’s business, prohibiting those under 17 from seeing it without an adult.


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