06/09/2012 03:31 pm ET Updated Jun 09, 2012

'Prometheus' Box Office: Ridley Scott Film Opens To $21.4M

Americans love their aliens. "Prometheus" opened to $21.4 million on Friday, June 8, according to The Wrap.

The prequel of sorts to the much-loved "Alien" franchise topped the latest "Madagascar" flick, which debuted just $1 million short, at $20.4 million. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Prometheus" is set to rake in between $52 to $54 million during its opening weekend. However, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" is expected to best the R-rated space flick in the long run, with an estimated gross of more than $60 million.

Midnight showings of "Prometheus" came in at $3.6 million. THR reports it grossed $1 million via 294 Imax locations at midnight.

Last week's top-seller, "Snow White and the Huntsman," pulled in $7.5 million. The film, a dark twist on the Brothers Grimm classic fairy tale, is expected bow out at a total domestic gross close to $100 million by Sunday, according to The Wrap.

Looks like it'll be a good weekend for Charlize Theron. The actress stars in both "Snow White" and "Prometheus."

Find out what critics are saying about "Prometheus" here and by clicking through the slideshow below.

'Prometheus' Reviews