Rio Reigns at the Box Office

This weekend, the box office belonged to the birds as the winged cuties of Rio took out the Ghostface killer of Scream 4. In fact, Rio grabbed the biggest opening of 2011 with $40 million. The film featuring the voices of Oscar nominees Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married) should see a nice long shelf life as it faces no strong family competition til Kung Fu Panda 2 comes out in late May…. Opening in second was the fun horror sequel Scream 4 which was on the low end of expectation with $19 million. It will be interesting to see if that film starring original cast members Courtney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell has the legs of its predecessors which all netted at least $90 million… The other new opener was Robert Redford’s historical drama The Conspirator starring James MacAvoy and an award-worthy Robin Wright which came in 9th with almost $4 million on only 700 screens… Holding up well in their second weekend were Soul Surfer and Hanna while Arthur tumbled and the stinking bomb Your Highness collapsed… Take a look at the brand new top ten below and for all your numbers needs, head to Box Office Mojo here.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Rio Fox $40,000,000 3,826 $10,455 $40,000,000 $90 1
2 N Scream 4 W/Dim. $19,279,000 3,305 $5,833 $19,279,000 1
3 1 Hop Uni. $11,167,000 -47.6% 3,608 -8 $3,095 $82,609,000 $63 3
4 4 Soul Surfer TriS $7,400,000 -30.2% 2,214 $3,342 $19,997,000 $18 2
5 2 Hanna Focus $7,327,000 -40.8% 2,545 +10 $2,879 $23,327,000 $30 2
6 3 Arthur (2011) WB $6,940,000 -43.2% 3,276 $2,118 $22,348,000 $40 2
7 5 Insidious FD $6,857,000 -26.8% 2,233 -186 $3,071 $35,983,000 $1.5 3
8 7 Source Code Sum. $6,300,000 -27.2% 2,557 -414 $2,464 $36,990,000 $32 3
9 N The Conspirator RAtt. $3,924,000 707 $5,550 $3,924,000 $25 1
10 6 Your Highness Uni. $3,895,000 -58.4% 2,772 +3 $1,405 $15,952,000 $49.9 2
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