Madagascar 2, which stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer, hit the box office with raving success this weekend, proving people are not going to let the recession get in the way of family fun.
“Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which opened number one at the domestic box office, generated an estimated $63.1 million with $3.5 million contributed from 129 IMAX theatres from Friday November 7, through Sunday November 9,” Fox Business said. “The release marks the highest grossing 2D-animated IMAX opening ever, recording an IMAX per screen average of $27,000.”
Oddly enough, people have been complaining about movie prices as they’ve been raised over the last half decade, yet when a hit blockbuster comes out, they continue to splurge on $12 tickets. Even with the credit crunch, people are still burning their hard-earned dough on theaters.
Jada Pinkett Smith, who plays Gloria the hippo again, says Madagascar 2 is both made for pleasing children as well as adults.
“I do it for my kids, but if I was a bit more aware, I probably would do it for the child within me,” she says of lending her voice to a cartoon. “I don’t know if I’m that aware. [LAUGHTER] I probably need to do something like this for the child within me.”
In previous times of economic crisis, there was a surge in people flocking to entertainment venues, seeking perhaps a distraction, or a reason to laugh. Is that the same thing we’re experiencing now? Is that why Madagascar 2 was such a hit?
For a while, I thought people were going to stop going to the cinema, that downloading movies would be easier and that people didn’t want to spend their money like that. But now I’d like to take that back.
The movies are about an experience, about getting out, about enjoying oneself in an element that is removed from everything else that creates chaos in our daily lives.
I like what Jada Pinkett Smith said about doing things for your inner kid, and for me, that certainly includes enjoying myself at the movies, especially when the flick includes Ben Stiller!
Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Madagascar 2
1. Resilient Cinema - Despite economic downturn, people are still spending on theater and entertainment, marking a trend for resilient cinema that adapts well to crises.
2. Family-oriented Content - As Madagascar 2 became a box office success, it exposed a trend towards family-oriented content in cinema which caters to both children and adults alike.
3. Immersive Experiences - The success of Madagascar 2 at IMAX theaters indicates a trend towards immersive cinema experiences that provide an escape from the chaos of daily life.
1. Film and Movie Theaters - The film and movie theater industry has an opportunity to explore options for more family-oriented content and resilient cinema experiences, especially immersive ones that can make up for theater closures in a pandemic.
2. Animation Studios - With family-oriented content on the rise, animation studios have the opportunity to create cartoons that cater to both adults and children in order to attract family audiences that are willing to spend on theater tickets even during economic downturns.
3. Entertainment Venues - With the trend for resilient cinema, there's an opportunity for entertainment venues to innovate immersive cinema experiences, such as themed and interactive movies that provide a unique escape that's tempting even for adults seeking a break from ordinary life during a pandemic.