‘Rio’ Tops Box Office While ‘Madea’ and ‘Water for Elephants’ Have Big Openings


By Daniel Gates




Returning champ Rio holds off strong performances by Tyler Perry and Robert Pattinson to win the Easter Weekend box office.

The animated bird tale earned $26.5 million for the top spot, followed by Madea’s Big Happy Family, which was a close second with $26.1 million.

Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon‘s Water For Elephants came in third with $17.6 million.

Easter bunny film Hop took fourth place with $12 million, while Scream 4 came in a distant fifth with $7.1 million.

Rounding out the Top Ten were African Cats ($6.1 million), Soul Surfer ($5.5 million), Insidious ($5.2 million), Hanna ($5 million), and Source Code ($4.8 million).

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