Weekend Box-Office: April 1-3, 2011

Hop has biggest opening of the year!

Despite many of you believing that SOURCE CODE would beat HOP to the #1 spot this weekend, it was the Russell Brand-(voice)-starring animated Easter flick that topped the charts this weekend, not only beating out SOURCE CODE and INSIDIOUS, the two other new releases of the week, but matching the $38M record opening for 2011, which was set by RANGO just a few weeks ago. Needless to say, nobody would be terribly surprised if the animated "Easter Bunny" movie kept shoveling in the dollars until Easter rolls around at the end of this month. Unfortunately for "Hollywood", overall revenues in 2011 have been 20% less than in 2010 at this point of the year. No AVATAR or CLASH OF THE TITANS this year.

Both SOURCE CODE and INSIDIOUS scored a rare coup on sites like Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregate all critics' reviews of films, scoring higher than 60% respectively (CODE actually scored closer to 90%), which is extremely rare for either science-fiction or horror movies. Only time will tell if either film will be able to keep the dollars rolling in over the coming weeks, but neither movie cost too much on its own, so hopefully we can consider them both to be "successful", so that Hollywood doesn't stop making ORIGINAL movies every now and then as well.

For anyone scoring at home, it's to note that the PG-13 version of THE KING'S SPEECH opened in over 1,000 theaters this past weekend, but only managed about $1,100/per theater (compared to HOP's $10,600/per theater) and ended up with $1.2M overall. That was enough to place it in 14th place during this past weekend. I think it's time to move on from this film at this point, no?

Last week's #2 movie, SUCKER PUNCH -- which is dividing audiences around the world including our own MOVIE FAN CENTRAL community (it's average score is 6.3/10 after 18 reviews, despite a couple of members scoring it 10/10 and a couple of others scoring it 2/10) -- dropped down to #7 this weekend, with the biggest % drop of the weekend (it lost 68% of its audience from last weekend). Last week's #1 movie, THE DIARY OF A WIMPY KID REVISITED, also dropped a substantial amount from last weekend (58%), yet managed to hang around in the top 5 in fourth place.

The 3 films to get booted from the top 10 this week include THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU ($59M), RED RIDING HOOD ($36M) and MARS NEEDS MOMS ($20M), which has turned into the biggest money-loser of the year with a budget of $150M! Wow.

Next weekend sees the release of four more major movies including Russell Brand's attempt at scoring two #1 movies in a row with a remake of ARTHUR (which between me and you, looks like shite - rent the original), SOUL SURFER, a true-life tale about a girl surfer with a missing arm co-starring Dennis Quaid, as well as two fun-looking movies including HANNA, which someone in our JoBlo.com crew has already seen and recommended highly, as well as YOUR HIGHNESS, a stoner medieval comedy starring Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman's ass. Which film do you think will be #1 next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

1. Hop $38.1 M
2. Source Code $15.1 M
3. Insidious $13.5 M
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules $10.2 M $38.4 M
5. Limitless $9.4 M $55.6 M
6. The Lincoln Lawyer $7.1 M $39.6 M
7. Sucker Punch $6.1 M $29.9 M
8. Rango $4.6 M $113.8 M
9. Paul $4.3 M $31.9 M
10. Battle: Los Angeles $3.5 M $78.5 M




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