Rio flys past Scream 4 at the box office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

I say it every time a kid’s movie does well, but it’s worth repeating; kid’s movies always do well and it’s only newsworthy when they flop.  So it shouldn’t be any surprise that RIO is #1 at the box office his weekend.  It had all the makings of a hit animated film with cute, talking birds and a good message wrapped around a bunch of silly gags.  What might be disappointing for some people is the lower than expected numbers for SCREAM 4, which managed to come in second, but below estimates.  Some will look at this and say the SCREAM franchise is dead, but I look at it and say the next SCREAM movie should open up in the fall, not in April.  The only other new movie this weekend was the Robert Redford directed THE CONSPIRATOR which cracked the top ten despite a limited release.

Next week is the long awaited Robert Pattinson film WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, which is going to have the box office weekend all to itself.  However, I don’t expect it to beat out RIO, which is should gain traction with good word of mouth.  With that said, many people are going to be looking at Elephants as proof as to whether or not Bob Patty can open his own movie.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.


1. Rio $41m

2. Scream 4 $19.5m

3. Hop $11.5m

4. Soul Surfer $7.7m

5. Hanna $7.4m

6. Insidious $7m

7. Arthur $7m

8. Source Code $6.5m

9. Your Highness $4.2m

10. The Conspirator $3.8m

Source: Deadline

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