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Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

Penguins of Madagascar

Details Release Date: Nov 26, 2014; Genre: Animation; With: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath and Chris Miller; Distributors: DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

In the new spy-thriller spin-off to the Madagascar series, the flightless waterfowl leave the circus where Madagascar 3 ended to join the North Wind, an undercover animal-rescue group led by a Bond-like wolf named Agent Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). They soon run into an old nemesis, an octopus named Dave (John Malkovich) who ''holds a great resentment to the penguins because he would be upstaged by [them] at the zoo,'' codirector Eric Darnell says. While recording his lines early in the production, Malkovich got so into character that he would wave his arms around like tentacles without even realizing it. Fortunately, the filmmakers videotaped the star's over-the-top antics to inspire Dave's cephalopodian movements. ''Once you have that performance, it is much easier to take that to the animator,'' says codirector Simon J. Smith. Hmmm...perhaps Octopus of Madagascar will be next.
Originally posted Aug 14, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints
Weekend of Sep 14 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
No Good Deed
Screen Gems
$24.5 1 $24.5 C
Dolphin Tale 2
Warner Bros.
$16.5 1 $16.5 C+
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$8.0 7 $305.9 A-
4. $4.8 6 $181.0 C+
5. $4.3 5 $73.0 F
The Drop
Fox Searchlight
$4.2 1 $4.2 B
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$4.0 4 $44.9 C-
The November Man
$2.7 3 $22.5 C
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$2.6 5 $41.3 C-
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$2.5 6 $49.4 B
* in millions

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