BOX OFFICE BEATDOWN: ‘Rio’ Flies to the Top with $26.5 Million

Tyler Perry in drag can't beat the tropical birds of ‘Rio’.
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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1
$26.8 millionRio
93%
Users
83 reviews
72%
Tomatoes
144 reviews
2
$26 millionMadea's Big Happy Family
73%
Users
36 reviews
38%
Tomatoes
40 reviews
3
$17.5 millionWater for Elephants
82%
Users
48 reviews
60%
Tomatoes
189 reviews
4
$12 millionHop
70%
Users
40 reviews
25%
Tomatoes
133 reviews
5
$7 millionScream 4
86%
Users
171 reviews
59%
Tomatoes
173 reviews
6
$6 millionAfrican Cats
75%
Users
12 reviews
71%
Tomatoes
70 reviews
7
$5.5 millionSoul Surfer
66%
Users
26 reviews
46%
Tomatoes
101 reviews
8
$5 millionInsidious
93%
Users
149 reviews
66%
Tomatoes
166 reviews
9
$5 millionHanna
75%
Users
108 reviews
71%
Tomatoes
210 reviews

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.

Hop was released April 1st, 2011.

Scream 4 was released April 15th, 2011.

Source Code was released April 1st, 2011.

Water for Elephants was released April 22nd, 2011.

African Cats was released April 22nd, 2011.

Sources: David Ozanich

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