'Hop' still tops at the weekend box office but 'Arthur' flops
Russell Brand managed to nab the two top spots at the box office this weekend, though one film outperformed his other. The mixed live action and animated comedy "Hop" remained the top movie for the second-straight weekend, according to the Associated Press, with $21.7 million.
"Hop" follows Brand's teenage bunny E.B., who runs away to become a drummer in Los Angeles instead of taking over his father's (Hugh Laurie) duties as Easter Bunny at his chocolate factory. Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker accidentally hits E.B. with his car and ends up taking him in as he recovers. Turns out, the army of chicks who work in the factory have plans to take over Easter and E.B. has to fight to stop their evil plans.
"Hop" is one of the few success stories of the box office year. Last week the film matched the year's best debut, for "Rango," which opened a month ago with $38.1 million. The film has earned a total of $68.2 million during its two-week run.
Brand's other film, the remake of the classic 1981 Dudley Moore film, "Arthur," came in a distant second place with $12.6 million for its debut weekend.
In third place with $12.3 million is "Hanna." The tells the tale of a teenager trained as a killing machine played by "Atonement" actress Saoirse Ronan and stars Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana.
"Soul Surfer," which tells the real-life story of surfer Bethany Hamilton, who made a comeback in the sport after losing an arm in a shark attack, debuted in fourth place with $11.1 million. The film featured the silver screen debut of Carrie Underwood. AnnaSophia Robb plays Hamilton while Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt portrayed Hamilton's parents.
Rounding out the top five is Insidious with $9.7 million. The weekend's other new wide release, the star studded action comedy "Your Highness," with Natalie Portman, James Franco, Zooey Deschanel and "Eastbound & Down" star Danny McBride, debuted in sixth with just $9.5 million.