The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.
20th Century Fox’s Rio continued to dominate the worldwide box office, adding an estimated $26.8 million domestically and $44.2 million overseas this Easter weekend. The animated comedy, featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, will.i.am and Jamie Foxx, has reached $81.3 million in North America after two weeks in theaters and $204.7 million internationally for a worldwide total of $286 million. The film, which carried a production budget of $90 million, has surpassed Rango‘s $240 million global take to become the No. 1 movie of the year so far.
The Lionsgate comedy Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family debuted in second place domestically with $25.8 million from 2,288 theaters. African-Americans made up 81% of the audience for the film, which averaged a solid $11,254 per theaters.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, Water for Elephants came in at No. 3 with $17.5 million from 2,817 theaters, an average of $6,212 per location. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz, the adaptation of Sara Gruen’s novel was made for about $38 million.
Universal’s Hop enjoyed a 16.3% increase in ticket sales over the Easter weekend, adding another $12.5 million in fourth place its fourth weekend to push its total to $100.5 million domestically. The film also made $10.7 million internationally for a foreign gross of $47.2 million. The $63 million live Action/CG-animated comedy has earned $147.7 million worldwide.
Scream 4 dropped a disappointing 61.7% in ticket sales its second weekend, making $7.2 million in the fifth spot for a total of $31.2 million. That is still lower than the opening weekends for Scream 3 ($34.7 million) and Scream 2 ($32.93 million). The Wes Craven-directed sequel was released by Dimension Films and cost $40 million to make.
Disneynature’s latest Earth Day release, African Cats collected $6.4 million in sixth from 1,220 theaters.
The next two spots belonged to FilmDistrict’s Soul Surfer and Insidious which both continue to do well thanks to positive word of mouth. The former, made for $18 million, earned another $5.6 million for a total of $28.7 million, while the latter collected $5.4 million for a total of $44.2 million. Not bad for a film with a $1.5 million budget!
In its third weekend, Focus Features’ Hanna took in $5.3 million, good for the ninth spot. The $30 million film has brought in $31.7 million so far.
Summit’s Source Code rounded out the top 10 with $5.1 million domestically for a total of $44.7 million. Internationally, the Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer added $5.1 million as well, for a foreign total of $27 million. The action thriller cost $32 million to make.
Opening early internationally in 957 UK, Australian, New Zealand and South Korea theaters, Universal’s Fast Five earned an impressive $24 million, an average of $25,000 per screen. The anticipated title hits these shores this Friday, April 29.
Also launching in 220 Australian theaters was Paramount and Marvel Studios’ Thor, which made $5.8 million for an average of $26,363 per theater. The comic book adaptation will be released in North America on May 6.
Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.