In a battle that had all comers bearing their claws, it was the pack of citified zoo animals in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa that managed to come out on top. The DreamWorks sequel raked in a whopping $63.1 million on 4,056 screens, which just slightly edges out this summer's Wall-E for the biggest opening weekend for an animated feature this year. That haul is also more than three times the moolah brought in by the second-place Role Models, which, despite ads featuring funny kids sass-mouthing Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd, is an R-rated movie not for the kiddies. The only other new release in the top ten was Soul Men, which landed in sixth place with a tally of $5.4 million on 2,044 screens.
Man, today started off crappy. Humidity, rain, and an early morning trip to the wilds of the Upper East Side to get one's ass X-rayed is not a recipe for an awesome Wednesday. But after a grilled cheese sammich and some much-needed rocking out to M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes," things started looking up. And then I saw a trailer for the upcoming David Wain/Paul Rudd chucklefest Role Models and presto change-o: Best Day Ever! What's that you say? Ken "Wait For Me Abby Bernstein!" Marino shares writing credits? Sign me the bleep up!