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Weekend Box-Office: April 15-17, 2011

04.17.2011

Blame it on Rio...

Animated family-oriented movies are kickin' ass this year, posting the 3 biggest weekend openings of the year including the latest, RIO, with garnered the highest opening of the year with $40M in the first three days of release. The 2nd biggest opening of the year was $38M for RANGO, with HOP rounding out the top 3 with a $37M opening just a couple of weeks ago. RIO actually opened a week ago internationally and has already made over $165M around the world.

So what does this say about this year's choice of movies? Well, apparently there haven't been enough "real movies" (non-animated) to truly excite audiences so far this year. Heck, the only 2 non-animated movies in this year's TOP 5 are Adam Sandler's JUST GO WITH IT and Seth Rogen's THE GREEN HORNET, for eff's sakes. Will this start a new trend of releasing more and more animated movies? (which already seems to be the case)

But enough about animated movies! I'm sure you're all wondering how SCREAM 4 compared with its predecessors. Well, opening in 2nd place was certainly not what the studio was hoping for, but at least it opened with more dollars than the original, right? (although I don't see this one breaking the $75M mark myself) See the SCREAM break-down below:

SCREAM (1996): $103M (total), $6M (opening)
SCREAM 2 (1997): $101M (total), $32M (opening)
SCREAM 3 (2000): $89M (total), $35M (opening)
SCREAM 4 (2011): $19M (opening)

The rest of the top 10 was pretty straight-forward with INSIDIOUS, once again, losing the least amount of its audience from last weekend (26%), while YOUR HIGHNESS dropped from 6th to 10th place and lost close to 60% of its already-small audience. The big "surprise" in the top 10 was the limited release of the Robert Redford-director THE CONSPIRATOR, which managed a 9th place opening, despite being released in only 700 theaters.

The three films to get knocked out of the top 10 in order to make room for the three new movies included LIMITLESS ($70M), THE LINCOLN LAWYER ($51M) and DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES ($48M), all three of which can be considered "successes" when compared to their respective budgets.

Next week sees the release of 3 new movies including the latest film from Tyler Perry entitled MADEA'S BIG HAPPY FAMILY, Walt Disney's latest nature movie entitled AFRICAN CATS, as well as a rare drama opening at this time of year entitled WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (not to be mistaken with the latter film), starring the recently married Reese Witherspoon as well as that pasty-looking kid from the Twilight movies. So what film do you think will be in the #1 spot next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Rio $40 M
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2. Scream 4 $19.3 M
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3. Hop $11.2 M $82.6 M
4. Soul Surfer $7.4 M $19.9 M
5. Hanna $7.3 M $23.3 M
6. Arthur $6.9 M $22.3 M
7. Insidious $6.8 M $35.9 M
8. Source Code $6.3 M $36.9 M
9. The Conspirator $3.9 M
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10. Your Highness $3.8 M $15.9 M

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9:56AM on 04/18/2011
Glad to see Scream made some bank. Am looking forward to seeing this tonight, even with what I NOW know..."thanks" Soloist...To the 'community', please don't read the oldest comments if you haven't seen Scream.
Glad to see Scream made some bank. Am looking forward to seeing this tonight, even with what I NOW know..."thanks" Soloist...To the 'community', please don't read the oldest comments if you haven't seen Scream.
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9:56AM on 04/18/2011
Scream 4 was exactly what I expected. It wasn't great but wasn't horrible either. Entertaining time in the movies. Definitely watchable. Your Highness on the other hand was a total failure and way less of what was expected. Still waiting for the summer to start!
Scream 4 was exactly what I expected. It wasn't great but wasn't horrible either. Entertaining time in the movies. Definitely watchable. Your Highness on the other hand was a total failure and way less of what was expected. Still waiting for the summer to start!
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12:13AM on 04/18/2011
fuck, i just read a comment from someone that sort of spoiled scream 4 for me, im legit upset! and also, man, i actually like Danny McBride, total drag on his part
fuck, i just read a comment from someone that sort of spoiled scream 4 for me, im legit upset! and also, man, i actually like Danny McBride, total drag on his part
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11:05PM on 04/17/2011
I love SCRE4M personally. Best feeling i've had leaving a theater in awhile. Thought it would do a little better dough wise but it did decent enough! Rio looks good so im not surprised. It will be tops again next week for sure.
I love SCRE4M personally. Best feeling i've had leaving a theater in awhile. Thought it would do a little better dough wise but it did decent enough! Rio looks good so im not surprised. It will be tops again next week for sure.
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10:54PM on 04/17/2011

Like I expected

Rio's a 3D CGI kids movie. Of course it'll rake in the dough. I think Scream 4 may have good word of mouth. Everyone I talked to loved it and I thought it was the best since the first.
Rio's a 3D CGI kids movie. Of course it'll rake in the dough. I think Scream 4 may have good word of mouth. Everyone I talked to loved it and I thought it was the best since the first.
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10:45PM on 04/17/2011
I'm just glad slasher and ghost horror are able to carve a niche audience. Sure, they aren't #1 but who cares? I was entertained by Scream 4.
I'm just glad slasher and ghost horror are able to carve a niche audience. Sure, they aren't #1 but who cares? I was entertained by Scream 4.
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9:59PM on 04/17/2011
I'm glad to see Hanna and Insidious hanging in there. I loved Hanna.

As for Your Highness... I saw it high, and I only chuckled a few times. Disappointed by it.
I'm glad to see Hanna and Insidious hanging in there. I loved Hanna.

As for Your Highness... I saw it high, and I only chuckled a few times. Disappointed by it.
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8:24PM on 04/17/2011

LOL

19 million for Scre4m is alright, nothing majorly grand nor is it a flop. It's already made $37 million worldwide, with a budget of $40 mill so it will make its money back and then some, that's for sure. Rio was going to win for 3 reasons : Kids, Parents, 3D = $$$. IF they really wanted Scre4m to be a money-grab, they would have made it 3D. But they didn't. They stayed true their roots. And look at all that fan reaction! People ARE loving it. And the haters can suck it :)
19 million for Scre4m is alright, nothing majorly grand nor is it a flop. It's already made $37 million worldwide, with a budget of $40 mill so it will make its money back and then some, that's for sure. Rio was going to win for 3 reasons : Kids, Parents, 3D = $$$. IF they really wanted Scre4m to be a money-grab, they would have made it 3D. But they didn't. They stayed true their roots. And look at all that fan reaction! People ARE loving it. And the haters can suck it :)
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7:39PM on 04/17/2011

INSIDIOUS

Congratulations to James Wan ! Great film doing some money ! Best horror movie by far !
Congratulations to James Wan ! Great film doing some money ! Best horror movie by far !
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7:35PM on 04/17/2011
Finally got around to Insidious, which was surprisingly effective. Who knew James Wan has a good movie in him? Heh. I'll wait til mid week from Scream 4, always had bad luck with the audiences on opening weekends for the Scream movies.
Finally got around to Insidious, which was surprisingly effective. Who knew James Wan has a good movie in him? Heh. I'll wait til mid week from Scream 4, always had bad luck with the audiences on opening weekends for the Scream movies.
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7:22PM on 04/17/2011
Scream 4 was NOT the best since the original. How the hell anybody could say it's better than Scream 2 is beyond me. The only characters I felt sympathy for were the original ones. It was a good thriller and I liked it, but didn't hold a candle even to Scream 3.
Scream 4 was NOT the best since the original. How the hell anybody could say it's better than Scream 2 is beyond me. The only characters I felt sympathy for were the original ones. It was a good thriller and I liked it, but didn't hold a candle even to Scream 3.
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7:17PM on 04/17/2011
I thought Scream 4 was awesome. I definitely think if it ended 15 minutes sooner, it would've been better though. And I even thought the 2nd was shit and never bothered seeing the third.
I thought Scream 4 was awesome. I definitely think if it ended 15 minutes sooner, it would've been better though. And I even thought the 2nd was shit and never bothered seeing the third.
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7:09PM on 04/17/2011
So where did Atlas Shrugged come in?
So where did Atlas Shrugged come in?
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6:55PM on 04/17/2011
poor Your Highness....
poor Your Highness....
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6:54PM on 04/17/2011

Insidious

got my money this week.
got my money this week.
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6:45PM on 04/17/2011
Is anyone else sick of all the stupid CG animated movies? I almost feel like someone could make one about CG animated poo going on an adventure, and people would still flock to see it rather than something worthwhile.
Is anyone else sick of all the stupid CG animated movies? I almost feel like someone could make one about CG animated poo going on an adventure, and people would still flock to see it rather than something worthwhile.
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7:09PM on 04/17/2011
There's these little things called children . . .
There's these little things called children . . .
6:20PM on 04/17/2011
wtf is wrong the moviegoers today..i thought scream 4 would easily break 30 mil in its opening weekend
wtf is wrong the moviegoers today..i thought scream 4 would easily break 30 mil in its opening weekend
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6:33PM on 04/17/2011
Same here.
Same here.
7:00PM on 04/17/2011
yawn someone wake me up when summer season arrives
yawn someone wake me up when summer season arrives
6:16PM on 04/17/2011
Wow,a few eye openers this week. "Arthur"=bombing "Scream 4" = not that bad of a take actually,I figured about $14M at best. "Rio" = figures... the rest of the pack="par for the course."
Wow,a few eye openers this week. "Arthur"=bombing "Scream 4" = not that bad of a take actually,I figured about $14M at best. "Rio" = figures... the rest of the pack="par for the course."
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6:11PM on 04/17/2011

About Rio...

Does anybody think that Rio is the reason Pixar cancelled the Newt movie? I haven't seen Rio, but from what I read both had similar stories: two rare animal species brought together to mate, and they don't like each other at first but in the end they do. Just curious.
Does anybody think that Rio is the reason Pixar cancelled the Newt movie? I haven't seen Rio, but from what I read both had similar stories: two rare animal species brought together to mate, and they don't like each other at first but in the end they do. Just curious.
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6:04PM on 04/17/2011

Just like I predicted

Scream 4 was building their hope off of two fan bases. The first being the old school Scream fans(correction the ones who actually still care about this stale franchise). Obviously they are the only ones who showed up to the theater and evidently there aren't many Scream fans left. The second fan base was the one they were REALLY pushing for more and that was the young demographic. This just proves my point that this franchise is done and should be laid to rest. Its not even like there is any
Scream 4 was building their hope off of two fan bases. The first being the old school Scream fans(correction the ones who actually still care about this stale franchise). Obviously they are the only ones who showed up to the theater and evidently there aren't many Scream fans left. The second fan base was the one they were REALLY pushing for more and that was the young demographic. This just proves my point that this franchise is done and should be laid to rest. Its not even like there is any good word of mouth going around with this film otherwise they could pick up more numbers in the following weeks.
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6:02PM on 04/17/2011
Rio was a cute little movie and Scream 4 stunk up the joint. I'm glad we can bypass the Scream hype and ponder on a reboot or remake and get some actually good movies with this premise off the ground.
Rio was a cute little movie and Scream 4 stunk up the joint. I'm glad we can bypass the Scream hype and ponder on a reboot or remake and get some actually good movies with this premise off the ground.
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8:28PM on 04/17/2011
Give us all a break. I doubt you even saw Scream 4. You hated the very idea of it since the very beginning of its announcement. Nag nag nag is all you EVER do. 2 movies in one weekend? Coming from someone who nags about everything? I think NOT. I can understood if everyone who saw Scream 4 hated it, but the mass majority of Scream fans and casual moviegoers loved it. And that's how this little story ends.

And talk about bypassing reboots, aren't YOU excited about the new X-Men? Maybe someone
Give us all a break. I doubt you even saw Scream 4. You hated the very idea of it since the very beginning of its announcement. Nag nag nag is all you EVER do. 2 movies in one weekend? Coming from someone who nags about everything? I think NOT. I can understood if everyone who saw Scream 4 hated it, but the mass majority of Scream fans and casual moviegoers loved it. And that's how this little story ends.

And talk about bypassing reboots, aren't YOU excited about the new X-Men? Maybe someone should repeat to you every lousy thing you say, cause apparently you're ignorant to your own ridiculous babblings.
6:34AM on 04/18/2011
Check out my review of Scream 4 on MFC if you're looking to be shut up, smart guy. Otherwise, give ME a break and spare me your denial fandumb.
Check out my review of Scream 4 on MFC if you're looking to be shut up, smart guy. Otherwise, give ME a break and spare me your denial fandumb.
5:39PM on 04/18/2011
hey kickass, how about before you spit blind hatred and make yourself look and sound like an ignorant clown you take a look at the Scream 4 reviews on MFC... you know.. the place where all the "hardcore Scream and horror fans" you speak of are located. There are bout 16 reviews and the movie stands at an average of 6.8/10. Hardly one sided by any means, and the camp is pretty easily split 50/50 on the 4th installment. Judging from the pretty underwhelming boxoffice results and worth of mouth
hey kickass, how about before you spit blind hatred and make yourself look and sound like an ignorant clown you take a look at the Scream 4 reviews on MFC... you know.. the place where all the "hardcore Scream and horror fans" you speak of are located. There are bout 16 reviews and the movie stands at an average of 6.8/10. Hardly one sided by any means, and the camp is pretty easily split 50/50 on the 4th installment. Judging from the pretty underwhelming boxoffice results and worth of mouth from the fans then I'd say your point is destroyed and rather dull.

Do some research before you start coming off as a pompous troll.
5:48PM on 04/17/2011
Summer superhero movies begin playing the cinema soon. As do other summer blockbusters. They are the live-action movies that will open big. Alas, horror has a dedicated, but niche, audience, so Scream 4 and Insidious can only open so big. Typically, more people see Captain America, Super 8, or other films for kids of all ages.
Summer superhero movies begin playing the cinema soon. As do other summer blockbusters. They are the live-action movies that will open big. Alas, horror has a dedicated, but niche, audience, so Scream 4 and Insidious can only open so big. Typically, more people see Captain America, Super 8, or other films for kids of all ages.
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5:46PM on 04/17/2011
Scream 4 was a blast and thought it was the best one since the original. Even though I was disappointed with the reveal of one of the two killers.

Despite that, I had a great time and would definitely see it again if I got the chance. Definitely my favorite film of 2011 (so far).
Scream 4 was a blast and thought it was the best one since the original. Even though I was disappointed with the reveal of one of the two killers.

Despite that, I had a great time and would definitely see it again if I got the chance. Definitely my favorite film of 2011 (so far).
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7:12PM on 04/17/2011
Glad I saw the movie already, or else your spoiler would really piss me off. And yes, saying the number of killers is a spoiler.
Glad I saw the movie already, or else your spoiler would really piss me off. And yes, saying the number of killers is a spoiler.
9:28AM on 04/18/2011
DUDE...WTF!! Not cool to say that in the box-office thread...and if you want to write it somewhere else always use "SPOILER."

As Sampson said on Friday "I say this often but it's even more important with this movie: PLEASE NO SPOILERS."

Some of us work weekends and cannot see movies on opening weekends!!!

Sampson also said "no attacking, flaming or insulting other users."...well, I will ignore that (sorry Mike)...you sir are a complete malaka!!!
DUDE...WTF!! Not cool to say that in the box-office thread...and if you want to write it somewhere else always use "SPOILER."

As Sampson said on Friday "I say this often but it's even more important with this movie: PLEASE NO SPOILERS."

Some of us work weekends and cannot see movies on opening weekends!!!

Sampson also said "no attacking, flaming or insulting other users."...well, I will ignore that (sorry Mike)...you sir are a complete malaka!!!
2:06PM on 04/18/2011
lol SEE!? You see what happens when you deviate from agrreable approval of absolutely everything posted on this site? You open yourself to giving spoilers. Stick to the usualy schtick, my man. ::winking face implying a good humored jab and that it's not that big a deal::
lol SEE!? You see what happens when you deviate from agrreable approval of absolutely everything posted on this site? You open yourself to giving spoilers. Stick to the usualy schtick, my man. ::winking face implying a good humored jab and that it's not that big a deal::
5:20PM on 04/17/2011
I can't say I'm too surprised. Scream 4 shouted "decent but wait and save your money for the rental". A 4th film of a fairly modest box office intake franchise gets you these type of results.
I can't say I'm too surprised. Scream 4 shouted "decent but wait and save your money for the rental". A 4th film of a fairly modest box office intake franchise gets you these type of results.
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5:19PM on 04/17/2011
hahahahaha I predicted it perfectly. Scream got beaten by Rio.
hahahahaha I predicted it perfectly. Scream got beaten by Rio.
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5:14PM on 04/17/2011
Water for Elephants is probably going to make some decent money, a lot of people love that book.
Water for Elephants is probably going to make some decent money, a lot of people love that book.
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