Russell Brand Beats Russell Brand for Box-Office Supremacy! "Hop" is Still America's No. 1 Movie, "Hanna" Surprises! 


It's a weekend of good and bad for Russell Brand. The comedian's "Hop," where he voices the character E.B., continues to dominate box-office for the second-straight weekend with $21.7 million.

Meanwhile, his new live-action comedy "Arthur" failed to beat "Hop" and debuted at No. 2 with $12.6 million in 3,276 theaters. Younger viewers liked the film, but the older crowd could not help but compare the remake to the far-superior 1981 Dudley Moore original. ("Arthur" Movie Review)

But "Hanna" showed its box-office chops! The Focus Features original tale of a teenage assassin played by Saoirse Ronan trained by her father (Eric Bana) in order to fend off a fierce Cate Blanchett debuted at No. 3 with $12.3 million from 2,535 theaters. I love this film so I'm very happy that viewers are responding positively to the movie as well. (Check out my interviews with Saoirse Ronan right here, with Eric Bana right here, and with director Joe Wright right here)

Another new film enjoying a stronger than expected debut was "Soul Surfer" starring AnnaSophia Robb in the real-life tale of a teenage surfer who lost an arm in a shark attack. "Soul Surfer" entered at No. 4 with $11.1 million from 2,214 theaters.

It was also a weekend of good and bad for Universal. While its "Hop" is enjoying big box-office bonanza, $68.2 million total and counting, its brand new comedy "Your Highness" flopped at No. 6 with $9.5 million. Starring James Franco, Natalie Portman, and Danny McBride, the medieval action laugher failed to meet higher expectations. The film was lifeless and boring, and gasp, wasn't funny!

And Warner Bros., the studio behind the lackluster "Arthur," still had a reason to celebrate. Its new documentary, "Born to Be Wild 3D," made an impressive $860,000 in just 206 Imax theaters. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the film takes a look at two "fairy godmothers," one from Borneo who takes care care of orangutans, and one from Kenya who takes care of elephants. Both ensure the well-being of orphaned animals before they are brought back into the wild, because after all, they were born to be wild. I will post my interviews with Freeman and company very soon!

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of April 8th:

1. "Hop," $21.7 million.
2. "Arthur," $12.6 million.
3. "Hanna," $12.3 million.

4. "Soul Surfer," $11.1 million.
5. "Insidious," $9.7 million.
6. "Your Highness," $9.5 million.
7. "Source Code," $9.1 million.
8. "Limitless," $5.7 million.
9. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules," $4.9 million.
10. "The Lincoln Lawyer," $4.6 million.

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