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We're not lion -- ''Madagascar'' beats out ''Sith''

We’re not lion — ”Madagascar” beats out ”Sith.” Thanks to the animated flick and ”The Longest Yard,” the ”Star Wars” saga came in at No. 3

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Madagascar
Gloria the Hippo, Mort the Mouse Lemur, Alex the Lion, Melman the Giraffe and Marty the Zebra: © DreamWorks Animation SKG

A group of cartoon animals proved more popular than Yoda at mutliplexes this weekend, as Madagascar topped the box office chart in its second weekend of release.

The computer-animated film grossed $28.7 million, according to studio estimates, bringing its two-week total to $101 million. Meanwhile, The Longest Yard and Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith were in a virtual tie for second place, earning $26.1 million and $26 million, respectively. Though Sith lost its No. 1 position, it became the fastest film ever to reach the $300 million mark, accomplishing that feat in 17 days, one day quicker than Shrek 2.

Three new releases all underperformed, starting with the boxing drama Cinderella Man, which earned rave reviews for director Ron Howard and stars Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger. Despite the praise, the film opened with only $18.6 million, proving that it’s tough to debut a serious film in the summertime. The young female draw Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants placed fifth with $10.3 million over the weekend, and a total of $14 million since opening on Wednesday. And the skateboarding drama Lords of Dogtown managed only a measly $5.7 it its first weekend of release. So much for this weekend sporting five $20 million grossers.