BOX OFFICE BEATDOWN: ‘Rio’ Bests ‘Scream 4’ with $40 Million

Hollywood's 2011 box office slump is over for now with combined $139 million take.
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BOX OFFICE BEATDOWN: ‘Rio’ Bests ‘Scream 4’ with $40 Million

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1
$40 millionRio
93%
Users
83 reviews
72%
Tomatoes
147 reviews
2
$19.3 millionScream 4
86%
Users
171 reviews
58%
Tomatoes
176 reviews
3
$11.2 millionHop
70%
Users
40 reviews
26%
Tomatoes
138 reviews
4
$7.4 millionSoul Surfer
66%
Users
26 reviews
45%
Tomatoes
102 reviews
5
$7.3 millionHanna
75%
Users
108 reviews
71%
Tomatoes
214 reviews
6
$6.9 millionArthur
60%
Users
62 reviews
26%
Tomatoes
192 reviews
7
$6.9 millionInsidious
93%
Users
149 reviews
66%
Tomatoes
168 reviews
8
$5.5 millionSource Code
94%
Users
145 reviews
91%
Tomatoes
241 reviews
9
3.9 millionThe Conspirator
86%
Users
21 reviews
56%
Tomatoes
172 reviews

The headline news for box office watchers this weekend is that it's the first to end the slump. Ticket totals had been averaging below the previous year's take most every weekend this year so far. The estimated $139 million haul is well above the same weekend last year which topped out at $119 million.

Rio was the unsurprising big winner at the US box office this weekend with a $40 million take, right on track with the estimates going into Friday. The tropical bird film earned another $53 million overseas. Add that to its initial $80 million already earned (it had been released in some international markets prior to its US debut) and the birds have managed to rack up an impressive $168 million so far. Not bad!

Meanwhile, Scream 4 was projected to do around $27 million but did not perform as well as expected. Coming in at just under $20 million, Scream 4 is going to struggle to even match the $89 million that its predecessor made in total. Interestingly, 46% of the attendees were over 25 years old making it an older-skewing audience than your average horror film. It seems many of those who turned out opening weekend were already fans of the series and perhaps it is not attracting new fans. To that point, some have wondered if the R-rating kept the traditional horror audience, young men, out of the theaters.

I continue to be surprised by the performance of Soul Surfer which rode its wave to $7.4 million besting even Hanna by a hair.

The Conspirator managed to crack the top ten and sneak its way to #9, which I did not expect. The per theater averages were $5,500 which is OK but not great. I think this one has legs though and should (maybe?) be able to make back its $25 million budget eventually. I think it sounds pretty nifty.

To wrap things up, we'll check in with Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 which pulled in $1.7 million. Will parts 2 and 3 ever get made? Who knows! The reviews were generally dismissive to outright pans, but enough Objectivists turned out for a per theater average of $5,608. Did anyone see this? If so, please let me know in the comments because I'm dying to know what you thought.

Rio was released April 15th, 2011.

Scream 4 was released April 15th, 2011.

Source Code was released April 1st, 2011.

The Conspirator was released April 15th, 2011.

Soul Surfer was released April 8th, 2011.

Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 was released April 15th, 2011.

Sources: David Ozanich

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  • jimthar • 4 years ago

    saw SCREAM 4 last night and it was great. screw RIO. only reason it made mor money is because people bring their kids to see it. so for every 2 people that go see scream, you have another 1-2 being brought to rio. i'll see rio at the dollar theatre. if at all.

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    • masta-chiefed • 4 years ago

      Scream Trolls Unite!!!!

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      • ghostman • 4 years ago

        @diaigma I'll read ur review soon becuz I want to see Rio too. Eventually is the key word, just how long will it take? I say 3-6 wks and Scream 4 should be at 93mil. R u a fan of the original 3 Scream films? if yes, you should see it sometime, it's a real good horror film if your into that genre.

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        • diaigma • 4 years ago

          @ghostman - if you read my Rio review, you'd see that I already know about Blue Sky's overall quality level. Critics have always done that, sure, but it's lazy writing. I want to know what a film is on its own merits. Having said that, I hope you're remembering to consider world wide BO, and that a film must double it's production budget to be a legit success, in the BO. Scream 4 is at 36.6 World Wide. Rio is at 170. Rio has already won that race, but Scream 4 will easily reach 80, eventually ;)

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          • ghostman • 4 years ago

            @diaigma Blue Sky studios, we made Rio if I'm correct, isn't really the best animated studios out there next to DreamWorks and PIXAR. Just becuz critics compare it to Toy Story 3 (just wanted to ask: which was better to you, Toy Story 3 or Rio?) is like comparing Iron Man 2 with The Dark Knight. Critics have always done that. Oh and btw, Rio has a budget of 95mil, and made 40mil in US earning less than 42% of its budget back; whereas Scream 4 has a budget of 40mil, and earned half its back. So in a sense, Scream 4 didn't bomb, it easily made back its budget :)

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            • jonspidey07 • 4 years ago

              Im really saddened buy the turnout this weekend

              Scream 4 should have bested Rio, Im getting tired of children's films dominating Hollywood

              I really hoped more longtime Scream fans would have packed the theaters, I sat next to a lady left of me who was the same as me

              well, Im just glad Wes Craven is back on the map again

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              • diaigma • 4 years ago

                @skywise - here's the funny thing. Rio was in the high 90% when it released internationally. American critics are the ones panning it. Those who gave it rotten scores kept comparing it to Pixar's latest (seriously--can't a studio do its own thing without being a Pixar copycat?) It drives me crazy reading reviews that spend all its time comparing a film with other films.

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                • ghostman • 4 years ago

                  Critical reviews mean nothing to movies anymore. Look at Hop, had a score of 30% yet it made over 60mil in two weeks. Again, it's not Scream 4s fault, it was the fact that the company released it against an animated movie, a 3D one at that. One thing to mention was that the target audience were males 25-30 also; not 17-20.

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                  • skywise • 4 years ago

                    well the only critics i read are right here on MW...its your guys. Not to sure how many REAL critics ever give genre slashers high scores....

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                    • xssiv • 4 years ago

                      Can't believe Scream came in so low...

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                      • aarontyrer01 • 4 years ago

                        scream 4 should at be the top of the leaderboard

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                        • dan1 • 4 years ago

                          I've said my bit. I'm not going to comment again on it, so relax Scream 4 fanboys.

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                          • lethal2damax • 4 years ago

                            @dan1 Don't be a troll and try and instigate something. Take that crap elsewhere.

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                            • themime • 4 years ago

                              family fun animated movies.......they rule........

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                              • dan1 • 4 years ago

                                Hmmm, Scream 4: 58% on Rotten. Rio: 72%, and twice the BO take. Gonna have to give it to the movie that came out better critically and commercially.

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                                • ed-wood-78455318 • 4 years ago

                                  Scream 4 was actually pretty good, Rio was just bad. I'll have to give Scream the best of the weekend.

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                                  • bawnian-dexeus • 4 years ago

                                    @skywise and a 72% with RT is not bad at all

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                                    • bawnian-dexeus • 4 years ago

                                      @skywise it had it's funny moments.

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                                      • skywise • 4 years ago

                                        @comicbookfan For me Craven is more about that nostalgic feeling i get watching his films because his (along with Carpenter...and the Exorcist) Were the filmakers/movies that gave me nightmares as a kid.

                                        However, When you look at someone like say, David Cronenberg who is still making fantastic movies even after all these years, it makes me sad that those other two seem to have lost their way. Its like they forgot what makes a good movie good.

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                                        • skywise • 4 years ago

                                          Rio on the other hand is getting pretty bad reviews all round so i dont know. But i am not surprised...These CGI kids films ALWAYS Reign supreme. Hell, look at Hop...still clinging on for dear life.

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