Fox's 3D sci-fi tentpole trumps all late-night competish

“Prometheus” hatched an impressive $3.56 million from 1,308 locations Thursday, easily besting the late-night bows of “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Men in Black 3.”

20th Century Fox has been modestly projecting a mid-$30 million debut for the 3D tentpole but the early numbers indicate a much stronger domestic opening for Ridley Scott’s sci-fier.

Last weekend, Universal’s “Huntsman” snared $1.38 million in Thursday midnight runs before going on to gross $56.3 million through Sunday while Sony’s “Men in Black 3″ took in $1.5 mil and $55 million the previous weekend.

The late night “Prometheus” figures include $1.03 million from 294 Imax locations.

Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron, the R-rated pic has already cumed $54 internationally and appears to be benefitting from the “Alien” fanbase, despite Fox’s claim that the the film isn’t technically a prequel to Scott’s sci-fi classic.

“Prometheus,” expanding nationwide today, will compete for the B.O. crown with Paramount and DreamWorks’ family toon “Madagascar 3.”

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