If virtually every film on the box-office top-ten list underperformed over the weekend, you can blame it on Rio . The animated movie musical from 20th Century Fox was the one film that over performed, winding up with an estimated $40 million. That's the most any film has taken in during its opening weekend this year, but it would appear that it achieved at least part of its success by drawing away audiences from other films, particularly those aimed at families. Only two other films grossed more than $10 million, Dimension Films' Scream 4 , which debuted with $19.3 million, and Universal's Hop , which came in third with $11.2 million. That represented a 47.4-percent drop for Hop , which had held the top position at the box office during the previous two weeks. But the bigger surprise was the poor performance of Scream 4 , from The Weinstein Co.'s Dimension Films unit. The previous two sequels had taken in more than $30 million during their opening weekends, and several forecasters expected Scream 4 to do the same. Still, it wasn't all gloom at the box office. Helped by an earlier-than-usual beginning of spring break, the box office was up 12 percent versus the same weekend a year ago, when Kick Ass led with just $19.8 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo 1. Rio, $40 million; 2. Scream 4, $19.3 million; 3. Hop , $11.2 million; 4. Soul Surfer , $7.4 million; 5. Hanna , $7.3 million; 6. Arthur , $6.94 million 7. Insidious , $6.9 million; 8. Source Code , $6.3 million; 9. The Conspirator , $3.92 million; 10. Your Highness , $3.9 million.

18/04/2011