After all the hype, unanswered questions and Alien franchise viewings in your living room leading up to release, Ridley Scott's Prometheus finally unleashed its creepy, mysterious self over the weekend. But did it have enough high-tech weaponry and nerdy ideas to beat that little animated movie working on its third installment? The answer to that is ...
... no. Prometheus ($50 million) just barely lost out at the box office to Madagascar 3 ($60.4 million), but its second-place finish is nothing to scoff at. For an R-rated sci-fi film in the thick of the summer movie season, that's a fine opening, and hopefully it'll be enough to get us that sequel so some of the film's many questions can be answered.
As for Madagascar 3, that film deserves a few high-fives as well. Not only did it come out victorious at the box office, but it also found itself in rare company as one of the few threequels that does great at the box office, as well as with critics. In fact, Madagascar 3 and its 76% Fresh rating over at Rotten Tomatoes just barely beat out Prometheus' 74% Fresh rating, making it the definitive weekend winner with both the box office and critical acclaim.
You know where I'm going with this, though, right? Yup, now we want to know which one was your favorite. Not just that, but what were your thoughts for each of the weekend's new releases? Did you like Prometheus, or were there too many unanswered questions? What about Madagascar 3 -- is it truly this summer's best threequel?
Sound off below with your thoughts!
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Hurray to Madagascar being victorious this past weekend: I bet it was surely a eye catcher for the whole Family. Before it leaves the big screen, I definately check it out! Instead I saw Film Director Ridley Scott's Sci-fi PROMETHEUS movie: I thought the characters on the ship could of been developed more for at times I just didn't care about them...'toward the end, I sort of connected w/their struggle to make it off that planet alive. The big alien Engineer guy at the start of movie was really fascinating to me: he was grand, mysterious and I wanted to know more about him and his kind. The characters of David and Shaw were pretty intense and they to me saved the movie, and that big alien guy. The visuals were Epic amazing!!!!!
prometheus was a very good movie. i think people need to stop over analyzing movies. its entertainment. its not supposed to be believable in every way. if every movie was perfect and precise in everyway it would be boring as hell. visualy stunning. acting was good. the part with the guy who freaked out and try to kill his own crewmates was a little unneccesary but......overall....a very entertaining movie.
I admit I was a fan of the Madagascar movies. I use to watch them...when I was younger. I went to go see Promotheus at midnight and I have no complaints. Ridley Scott has made his name from alot of classics such as gladiator and blade runner (considered one of the all time best sci-fi's). Although Promotheus will probably not be considered a classic, it takes a more direct approach with detailed characters, who bring the script to life with superb acting. The film also dazzles you with fantastic photography acompanied by state of the art visuals. The origanal alien was all about the gore. Prometheus sets up alien with an engaging full throttle story that never let's up. The best thing is they answerd questions but gave new ones.
Both films were awesome but there was no question that Madagascar was going to beat Prometheus because it's a family movie whereas Prometheus is only directed towards one specific type of audience (mainly grown ups).
I don't know what everyone's big deal was with Prometheus, there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, it answered all the questions I asked and explained where the xenomorphs and face huggers came from all the while not officially being a Alien prequel, therefore, there is a wide open space to do sequels to the prequel. Of course anyone who saw the ending will know that there is the potential to do the sequel plus it came from Ridley's mouth himself. Anybody who didn't like Prometheus has issues.
“Prometheus” is disappointing. Characterization is rudimentary at best. The behaviors of people who are responsible for a $1 trillion investment are ridiculous. The casual attitudes of people encountering extraterrestrial intelligence for the first time in human history stretch credulity past the breaking point. The low level of common sense exercised by the characters who become victims of nasty alien critters is matched only by the low level of professionalism practiced by the characters in charge of the mission. The horror sequences are reasonably horrible, but they are terribly contrived. In many locations, the movie jumps from one idea to the next with little or no connectivity. The film itself is like a person suffering from multiple personality disorder. The convoluted biological events simply make no sense put together—and I’m someone who has invested a good deal of electronic ink sorting out the details of “Aliens”.
It’s clear that the creative team was trying to create something complex and filled with clever references to other films in the “Alien” series, possibly “Blade Runner”, and the whole story of the Titans and their relationship to mankind. In the midst of all the cleverness, the creative team forgot that a film has to work for viewers who don’t understand any of the references. I get a lot of the references, and the film still didn’t work for me viscerally or cerebrally.
I want my $14 back. I could have spent the evening watching “The Avengers” again or writing at home.
or wasting your time venting on here :)
I'm not surprised that Madagascar beat out Prometheus as the current blockbuster. It's a family film, meaning you can take the entire gang out to see it and for some people that gang can be up to 14 or 15 people at a time. But, given the choice, I would never watch any Madagascar film over Prometheus. I've always found the Madagascar films to be nothing more than annoying, and the third installment is no different. Prometheus may not be this ultra crazy in depth movie that answered everyone's questions about everything, but Ridley Scott and his chosen cast/crew still did an incredible job. And for those who would wonder what happens next? The answer is simple: Ellen Ripley happens.
Alot of folks are saying the movie didnt work because of all the unanswered questions....so be it. This was the directors choice. Prometheus was amazing on every level. There are so many other movies with cliffhanger endings why is it such a big deal on this one? BRING ON THE SEQUEL!!!
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