'Rio' Rules The Weekend Box Office Again With $26.5 Million

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1Rio $26.8 million

Madea’s Big Happy Family $26 million

Water for Elephants $17.5 million

Hop $12 million

Scream 4 $7 million

African Cats $6 million

Soul Surfer $5.5 million

Insidious $5 million

Hanna $5 million

Source Code $4.8 million

It was another winning weekend for the movie industry with box office receipts up an estimated 34% from this time last year making everyone hope the 2011 slump is over. Rain in much of the country no doubt helped encourage moviegoers to buy a ticket and stay indoors.

You can’t keep a good bird down evidently. Rio was the champ for the second weekend running. It’s $26.5 million haul was enough to beat out Madea’s Big Happy Family that opened to a robust $26 million. However, Tyler Perry‘s sixth cross-dressing film performed under expectations. Many had been projecting a $30 million opening weekend but it wasn’t able to pull that off. The last two movies featuring his popular Madea character had opened at $41 million and $30 million. Are audiences getting tired of Madea?

Doing better than expected was the Robert Pattinson/Reese Witherspoon romance Water for Elephants. It seems enough Twi-hards turned out, along with older women, to bring the films opening weekend grosses to an impressive $17.5 million, about $2.5 million more than was projected. It seems like these two stars, who both needed a hit, have scored big time.

In other news, Hop managed to jump past the $100 million this weekend making it a certified hit. I hope this doesn’t mean we will be forced to endure a Hop 2 next year. Speaking of animals, Disney’s African Cats opened to about $6 million – a good start for a niche film. It’s narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, by the way.

So that’s the news. Now I’m going to hop out on the avenue (5th Avenue) with my bonnet for brunch and jelly beans. Happy Easter, everyone!

Rio was released April 15th, 2011 and stars Karen Disher, Jason Fricchione, Sofia Scarpa Saldanha, Leslie Mann, Kelly Keaton, Jesse Eisenberg, Wanda Sykes, Jane Lynch. The film is directed by Carlos Saldanha.

Hop was released April 1st, 2011 and stars James Marsden, Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, Hank Azaria, Gary Cole, Elizabeth Perkins, Hugh Laurie, Tiffany Espensen. The film is directed by Tim Hill.

Scream 4 was released April 15th, 2011 and stars Lucy Hale, Roger Jackson, Shenae Grimes, Dane Farwell, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Aimee Teegarden, Brittany Robertson. The film is directed by Wes Craven.

Source Code was released April 1st, 2011 and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Arden, Cas Anvar, Russell Peters, Brent Skagford. The film is directed by Duncan Jones.

Water for Elephants was released April 22nd, 2011 and stars Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider, Jim Norton, Hal Holbrook, Mark Povinelli, Richard Brake. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence.

African Cats was released April 22nd, 2011 and stars Samuel L. Jackson. The film is directed by Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey.

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