Madagascar 2 is No. 1 at the Box Office

Nothing beats cute animals. Kids, teens and grownups helped make “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” the No.1 at the box office this weekend.

Madagascar 2 grossed a huge $63.5 mil from Friday through Sunday, exceeding the $47.2 million that the first Madagascar flick grossed over Memorial Day weekend 2005.

The movie, released in 4,056 theaters, follows the antics of the zoo animals. In the first episode, they escaped from the zoo and ended up being sent to the island of Madagascar, where they came to terms with their new home. In the second film, they flee to the African continent in a shot to go back to NYC.

Debuting in second place with $6.6 million was David Wain’s new comedy “Role Models,” in which Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott look after two lonely boys. “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” followed at No. 3 with $2.5 million.

“The movie really exceeded all of our expectations and all the box office predictors,” said Anne Globe, head of worldwide marketing for DreamWorks. She chalked up the resounding reception — crystal-ball gazers had expected slightly less than $60 million — to the fact that, after the elections and all the negative financial news, “the country was ready for a comedy.”

The movie also reunites voice stars Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen.