LOS ANGELES, June 10 (Reuters) - Animated family movie "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" beat sci-fi thriller "Prometheus" to the top of weekend box office charts with $60.4 million in the United States and Canada, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.
"Prometheus," an effects-filled film from "Alien" director Ridley Scott about a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind, pulled in $50 million to finish second.
In third place was action-filled "Snow White and the Huntsman," which sold more than $23 million of tickets, bringing its U.S. and Canadian box office total to nearly $98.5 million since its debut last weekend.
Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures released "Madagascar 3." News Corp unit 20th Century Fox distributed "Prometheus." "Snow White" was released by Universal Studios, a unit of Comcast Corp.