Congratulations—if you're reading this, you've survived another round of layoffs. Everyone else: double congratulations. You may no longer be employed, but you're also still in bed, where we all really should be right now. Your box office numbers: 1. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - $63.5 million Exceeding even DreamWorks's loftiest expectations for the CGI bestiary, Madagascar 2 had the highest opening weekend of any animated film this year—$500k more than even Wall-E—and the seventh best animated film opening of all time. Many would no doubt credit scheduling for the success, with a post-election America ready to put the "issues" aside for a few hours of family-friendly entertainment. But it would be a discredit to its superstar cast of voice talent not to praise their fine achievements—and in particular, Sherri Shepherd, who plays a lioness mother worried her infant cub might stray from the pride and float right off the side of the Earth, or, even worse, end up in a zoo in some Sodomite metropolis halfway across the world where lions have won the legal right to lie with other lions.2. Role Models - $19.251 million 5. Zack and Miri Make a Porno - $ 6.521 million Surprising everyone was how well this R-rated child-mentoring comedy fared after Zack and Miri Make a Porno's underwhelming debut. No doubt the Weinsteins are at this moment scratching their heads at the unpredictability of public tastes, though one theory involves Models's bold decision not to replace stars Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott with stick-doodles on all marketing materials. 3. High School Musical 3: Senior Year - $ 9.293 million HSM3 fell just 39% in its third week, a strong showing attributable to encore business from this franchise's core fan constituency of lusty Zacamaniacs, who simply can't wait until Disney's HSM: TOTALLY UNRATED DVD release ("Featuring the raunchy Troy Bolton shower scene you've been dying to see!") for their HSM repeat-viewing fix. 4. Changeling - $ 7.281 million Clint Eastwood has likely already surrendered all the great Oscar hopes he held for this bleak period drama ever since reading EW's Oscar pundit Dave Karger fascinating theory that the Academy only plans on rewarding movies celebrating man's "innate human goodness" this year, like The Dark Knight. 6. Soul Men - $5.61 million Hey—don't feel so bad about the performance of Bernie Mac's last film. He was also a voice in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa! That's got to be the first time a deceased actor was in two movies in the top five—but we're too lazy to actually look that up, so feel free to correct us if we're wrong.
- November 7–9, 2008 [boxofficemojo.com]