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‘Madagascar' leads pack at movie theaters

Families herded into theaters for a trek with stranded zoo animals as the animated sequel “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” led the weekend with a $63.5 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Premiering in second place with $19.3 million was the Universal Pictures comedy “Role Models,” starring Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd.

The other new wide release, the Weinstein Co. music comedy “Soul Men,” opened weakly with $5.6 million, despite the lure of Samuel L. Jackson and his late co-stars, Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes.

Associated Press

Birthdays

Film composer Ennio Morricone, 80. Blues singer Bobby Rush, 74. Lyricist Tim Rice, 64. Actor-comedian Sinbad, 52. Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan, 40. Actress Ellen Pompeo (“Grey's Anatomy”), 39. Actress Brittany Murphy, 31. Rapper Eve, 30.

This day in history Nov. 10

1775: U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress.

1969: The children's educational program “Sesame Street” debuted.

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