'Rio' tops box office weekend with $40 million haul
The animated film "Rio" topped the box office over the weekend, breaking a bit of a slump the film industry has faced in 2011.
The film, which features the voices of Anne Hathaway and "The Social Network" star Jesse Eisenberg, led the box office with an estimated $40 million, according to the Associated Press.
"Rio" tells the story of Blu, a domesticated macaw from Minnesota who meets the fiercely independent Jewel and together the birds go on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro.
"The movie is so wonderful," Eisenberg told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the film's premiere. "The thing, you know, I love about it the most, it discusses the preservation of the environment, the protection of endangered species but if you're a child and don't know what those words are -- the animation is the most beautiful thing you've ever seen."
The slasher film "Scream 4" returned to theaters after a ten year absence and opened in second place with $19.3 million.
In the film Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) returns to her home town of Woodsboro for a book tour on the fifteenth anniversary of the original murders. Just as she sets foot in her old town, another Ghostface murderer begins another killing spree.
The film also brought back trilogy stars Courteney Cox and her estranged husband David Arquette, as well as new cast members Kristen Bell, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Alison Brie, Adam Brody, Rory Culkin and Lucy Hale.
After two weekends in the top spot, Russell Brand's Easter bunny tale "Hop" slipped to third-place with $11.2 million, raising its total box office sum to $82.6 million.
"Soul Surfer," which featured the acting debut of singer Carrie Underwood, landed in fourth place for the weekend in the second week of its run. The film made $7.4 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter, raising its total box office haul to $20 million.
Finishing out the top five for the weekend is "Hanna," which made an additional $7.3 million, raising its box office sum to $23.3 million for its two-week run.