– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is at the top of the weekend box office?

“Snow White and the Huntsman” earned the most at this weekend’s box office with over $56 million.

The Universal Pictures’ film made the fourth largest debut this year and nearly opened more than the box office earnings of “Mirror Mirror” at $62.5 million earlier this year.

The film starred Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth in a retold story of the original fairy tale of Snow White.

However, the trend may not hold for very long since Rotten Tomatoes critics gave the movie 46 percent rating and the audience gave a “B” CinemaScore grade. The movie will be facing another Charlize Theron’s picture in the movie theater next week with “Prometheus.”

A few indie films also made their debuts this weekend, including the Mexican historical drama “For Greater Glory” that opened in tenth place with $1.8 million on 757 locations. It averaged at $2,378 per theater, which is not impressive according to industry standards.

“Moonrise Kingdom” expanded to 16 locations and earned $849,000 with $53,053 per-theater average. Last week, the Focus Features film set a record for per-theater average, which is quite impressive for a small budgeted film.

And “Piranha 3DD” debut with $179,000 at 86 locations. The sequel was counting more on video on demand, but viewers at home would not have the 3DD experience as in theaters.

For the rest of the top five box office, “MIB 3” earned $29.3 million, a decrease of 46.3 percent from the previous weekend. Its total gross is over $112 million in its second weekend of release.

In fourth place, Marvel’s “The Avengers” still moving forward towards more box office records by grossing an additional $20.2 million at the domestic box office. Their total earnings for the movie are now at $552.7 million domestically and surpassed “The Dark Knight” for third place all-time domestic gross last week. It still needs some staying power to reach the domestic box office records of “Titanic” at $658.6 million and “Avatar” with $760 million. It also ranked third in the worldwide box office record with $1.35 billion.

And finally “Battleship” dropped to fourth place with $4.81 million, a decrease of 56.6 percent and “The Dictator” round out the last spot with $4.725 million, a drop of 49.1 percent.

For next weekend, the anticipated sci-fic horror movie “Prometheus” will make its way to the big screen along with animated film “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.”

Here is the WEEKEND BOX OFFICE REPORT for June 1-3, 2012:

1. Snow White and the Huntsman $56.255 million
2. MIB 3 $29.3 million
3. Marvel’s The Avengers $20.273 million
4. Battleship $4.810 million
5. The Dictator $4.725 million
6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $4.6 million
7. What to Expect When You’re Expecting $4.43 million
8. Dark Shadows $3.860 million
9. Chernobyl Diaries $3.045 million
10. For Greater Glory $1.8 million
Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.