Kids drive box of­fice

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ITH school hol­i­days help­ing fill cine­mas, an­i­mated films Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and the newly re­leased Ho­tel Transylvania are the top two films at the Aus­tralian box of­fice this week.

Mada­gas­car 3, about four New York zoo an­i­mals try­ing to find their way home, held on to the No. 1 spot for the sec­ond week run­ning, pulling in $2.5 mil­lion at the na­tional box of­fice, ac­cord­ingthe Mo­tion Pic­ture Dis­trib­u­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia.

Ho­tel Transylvania, a lav­ish 3D an­i­ma­tion star­ring Adam San­dler as Drac­ula and Kevin James as Franken­stein, had a good open­ing week, pock­et­ing $1.311 mil­lion.

The an­i­mated romps pushed com­edy The Watch, star­ring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughan as part of a neigh­bour­hood watch group that finds it­self de­fend­ing Earth from an alien in­va­sion, down to No. 3.

An­other kid-friendly film de­buted in fourth place – the third in the Wimpy Kid se­ries, Di­ary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, while on the scarier front, Res­i­dent Evil: Retri­bu­tion came in at fifth.

There’s still a good Aussie con­tin­gency of films at the box of­fice, but the foxy ladies of Foun­tain Lakes are slowly los­ing their glamour with Kath &

– fea­tur­ing (from left) Glo­ria the Hippo (voiced by Jada Pin­kett Smith), Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Mel­man the Gi­raffe (David Sch­wim­mer) and Marty the Ze­bra (Chris Rock) – re­mains top of the Aus­tralian box of­fice. Kimderella slip­ping to sixth place over­all. Mu­si­cal biopic The Sap­phires, how­ever, is still pop­u­lar, sit­ting at No. 8. The film has earned more than $12 mil­lion in its seven weeks in cine­mas.

New­comer Bait, a Jaws meets Evil Dead meets Snakes on a Plane story filmed on the Gold Coast, rounds out the Top 10 in its first week of re­lease. Its Aussie cast in­cludes Xavier Sa­muel, Sharni Vin­son, Ju­lian McMa­hon and Dan Wyl­lie.

An­other of last week’s big new re­leases, the un­usual Ruby Sparks, de­buted in seventh spot. A com­plex and sur­real tale, it stars Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, with An­nette Ben­ing and An­to­nio Ban­deras. (Re­port, right.)

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