Rio, Reese and Madea celebrate at the Easter Box Office

While it wasn’t a blockbuster weekend at the box office, several films all did quite well ushering in a nice boost to movie grosses as we head into the summer season. Next week will bring a big opening for Fast Five, then we’ll have Thor and more Pirates, but for now, the birds are ruling the roost yet again as Rio held on top for a second week pulling in $26.8 million for a total of $81 million. That was enough to hold off Tyler Perry’s latest, Madea’s Big Happy Family, which grabbed a good but not great $25 million much lower than the previous Madea movies. Opening above expectations was the Reese Witherspoon/Robert Pattinson romance Water for Elephants which took in $17.5 million, a good number for a period romance. The other new film in the top ten was the Disney documentary African Cats which did solid business with $6.4 million. The bad news was the big drop for Scream 4 which tumbled 61% to $6.4 million and may end up being outgrossed by the tiny budgeted horror pic Insidious when all is said and done…. Take a look at the new top ten below and for all your box office 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 1 Rio Fox $26,800,000 -31.7% 3,842 +16 $6,976 $81,261,000 $90 2
2 N Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family LGF $25,750,000 2,288 $11,254 $25,750,000 1
3 N Water for Elephants Fox $17,500,000 2,817 $6,212 $17,500,000 $38 1
4 3 Hop Uni. $12,461,000 +16.3% 3,616 +8 $3,446 $100,500,000 $63 4
5 2 Scream 4 W/Dim. $7,154,000 -61.7% 3,314 +9 $2,159 $31,158,000 $40 2
6 N African Cats BV $6,400,000 1,220 $5,246 $6,400,000 1
7 5 Soul Surfer TriS $5,600,000 -23.0% 2,240 +26 $2,500 $28,664,000 $18 3
8 7 Insidious FD $5,384,000 -20.2% 2,130 -103 $2,528 $44,178,000 $1.5 4
9 4 Hanna Focus $5,277,000 -27.5% 2,384 -161 $2,214 $31,718,000 $30 3
10 8 Source Code Sum. $5,063,000 -18.5% 2,363 -194 $2,143 $44,664,000 $32 4
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