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April 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Final box office results for the weekend came in somewhat below studio estimates, but, with a final total of $39.2 million, the No. 1 film, Rio, remained the year’s box-office champ, edging out the previous top ticket seller, Rango, which opened with $38.1 million. But while Rio beat the forecasts of many experts, Scream 4 came in well below them with just $18.7 million. The last Scream sequel, which was released in February 2000, opened with $34.7 million. observed that that figure would be the equivalent of nearly $52 million adjusted for ticket inflation. Overall, the box office was up 8 percent from a year ago, when Kick Ass and How to Train Your Dragon wound up in a virtual photo finish, with Kick Ass winding up ahead with $19.83 million to Dragon‘s $19.63 million. It was only the second “up” weekend of the year for the box office — the previous one coming in February on Presidents Day, which occurred one week later this year than it did in 2010.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):

1. Rio, 20th Century Fox, $39,225,962, (New); 2. Scream 4, Weinstein Co. $18,692,090, (New); 3. Hop, Universal, $10,715,205, 3 Wks. ($82,157,605); 4. Hanna, Focus, $7,282,546, 2 Wks. ($23,282,858); 5. Soul Surfer, Sony/Tristar, $7,268,502, 2 Wks. ($19,865,129); 6. Arthur, Warner Bros., $6,755,340, 2 Wks. ($22,163,757); 7. Insidious, Film District, $6,744,623, 3 Wks. ($35,860,891); 8. Source Code, Summit, $6,209,058, 3 Wks. ($36,898,580); 9. Your Highness, Universal, $4,019,710, 2 Wks. ($16,077,475); 10. Limitless, Relativity Media, $3,660,104, 5 Wks. ($69,589,322).