BOX OFFICE BEATDOWN: 'Rio' Bests 'Scream 4' with $40 Million

Hollywood's 2011 box office slump is over for now with combined $139 million take.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

The headline news for box office watchers this weekend is that it's the first to end the slump. Ticket totals had been averaging below the previous year's take most every weekend this year so far. The estimated $139 million haul is well above the same weekend last year which topped out at $119 million.

Rio was the unsurprising big winner at the US box office this weekend with a $40 million take, right on track with the estimates going into Friday. The tropical bird film earned another $53 million overseas. Add that to its initial $80 million already earned (it had been released in some international markets prior to its US debut) and the birds have managed to rack up an impressive $168 million so far. Not bad!

Meanwhile, Scream 4 was projected to do around $27 million but did not perform as well as expected. Coming in at just under $20 million, Scream 4 is going to struggle to even match the $89 million that its predecessor made in total. Interestingly, 46% of the attendees were over 25 years old making it an older-skewing audience than your average horror film. It seems many of those who turned out opening weekend were already fans of the series and perhaps it is not attracting new fans. To that point, some have wondered if the R-rating kept the traditional horror audience, young men, out of the theaters.

I continue to be surprised by the performance of Soul Surfer which rode its wave to $7.4 million besting even Hanna by a hair.

The Conspirator managed to crack the top ten and sneak its way to #9, which I did not expect. The per theater averages were $5,500 which is OK but not great. I think this one has legs though and should (maybe?) be able to make back its $25 million budget eventually. I think it sounds pretty nifty.

To wrap things up, we'll check in with Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 which pulled in $1.7 million. Will parts 2 and 3 ever get made? Who knows! The reviews were generally dismissive to outright pans, but enough Objectivists turned out for a per theater average of $5,608. Did anyone see this? If so, please let me know in the comments because I'm dying to know what you thought.

Rio was released April 15th, 2011 and stars Karen Disher, Jason Fricchione, Sofia Scarpa Saldanha, Leslie Mann, Kelly Keaton, Jesse Eisenberg, Wanda Sykes, Jane Lynch. The film is directed by Carlos Saldanha.

Scream 4 was released April 15th, 2011 and stars Lucy Hale, Roger Jackson, Shenae Grimes, Dane Farwell, Anna Paquin, Kristen Bell, Aimee Teegarden, Britt Robertson. The film is directed by Wes Craven.

Source Code was released April 1st, 2011 and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Arden, Cas Anvar, Russell Peters, Brent Skagford. The film is directed by Duncan Jones.

The Conspirator was released April 15th, 2011 and stars Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel, Justin Long, Tom Wilkinson, Norman Reedus, Kevin Kline. The film is directed by Robert Redford.

Soul Surfer was released April 8th, 2011 and stars AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Craig T. Nelson, Sonya Balmores, David Chokachi, Chris Brochu. The film is directed by Sean McNamara.

Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 was released April 15th, 2011 and stars Taylor Schilling, Paul Johansson, Michael O'Keefe, Edi Gathegi, Grant Bowler, Matthew Marsden, Jsu Garcia, Patrick Fischler. The film is directed by Paul Johansson.



Sources: David Ozanich

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  1. Jimthar

    saw SCREAM 4 last night and it was great. screw RIO. only reason it made mor money is because people bring their kids to see it. so for every 2 people that go see scream, you have another 1-2 being brought to rio. i'll see rio at the dollar theatre. if at all.

    3 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  2. Masta_Chiefed

    Scream Trolls Unite!!!!

    3 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  3. Ghostman

    @diaigma I'll read ur review soon becuz I want to see Rio too. Eventually is the key word, just how long will it take? I say 3-6 wks and Scream 4 should be at 93mil. R u a fan of the original 3 Scream films? if yes, you should see it sometime, it's a real good horror film if your into that genre.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  4. Diaigma

    @ghostman - if you read my Rio review, you'd see that I already know about Blue Sky's overall quality level. Critics have always done that, sure, but it's lazy writing. I want to know what a film is on its own merits. Having said that, I hope you're remembering to consider world wide BO, and that a film must double it's production budget to be a legit success, in the BO. Scream 4 is at 36.6 World Wide. Rio is at 170. Rio has already won that race, but Scream 4 will easily reach 80, eventually ;)

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  5. Ghostman

    @diaigma Blue Sky studios, we made Rio if I'm correct, isn't really the best animated studios out there next to DreamWorks and PIXAR. Just becuz critics compare it to Toy Story 3 (just wanted to ask: which was better to you, Toy Story 3 or Rio?) is like comparing Iron Man 2 with The Dark Knight. Critics have always done that. Oh and btw, Rio has a budget of 95mil, and made 40mil in US earning less than 42% of its budget back; whereas Scream 4 has a budget of 40mil, and earned half its back. So in a sense, Scream 4 didn't bomb, it easily made back its budget :)

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  6. JonSpidey07

    Im really saddened buy the turnout this weekend
    Scream 4 should have bested Rio, Im getting tired of children's films dominating Hollywood
    I really hoped more longtime Scream fans would have packed the theaters, I sat next to a lady left of me who was the same as me
    well, Im just glad Wes Craven is back on the map again

    3 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  7. Diaigma

    @skywise - here's the funny thing. Rio was in the high 90% when it released internationally. American critics are the ones panning it. Those who gave it rotten scores kept comparing it to Pixar's latest (seriously--can't a studio do its own thing without being a Pixar copycat?) It drives me crazy reading reviews that spend all its time comparing a film with other films.

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  8. Ghostman

    Critical reviews mean nothing to movies anymore. Look at Hop, had a score of 30% yet it made over 60mil in two weeks. Again, it's not Scream 4s fault, it was the fact that the company released it against an animated movie, a 3D one at that. One thing to mention was that the target audience were males 25-30 also; not 17-20.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  9. skywise

    well the only critics i read are right here on MW...its your guys. Not to sure how many REAL critics ever give genre slashers high scores....

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  10. XSSIV

    Can't believe Scream came in so low...

    3 years agoby @xssivFlag

  11. Aarontyrer01

    scream 4 should at be the top of the leaderboard

    3 years agoby @aarontyrer01Flag

  12. Dan

    I've said my bit. I'm not going to comment again on it, so relax Scream 4 fanboys.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  13. Lethal2damax

    @dan1 Don't be a troll and try and instigate something. Take that crap elsewhere.

    3 years agoby @lethal2damaxFlag

  14. TheMime

    family fun animated movies.......they rule........

    3 years agoby @themimeFlag

  15. Dan

    Hmmm, Scream 4: 58% on Rotten. Rio: 72%, and twice the BO take. Gonna have to give it to the movie that came out better critically and commercially.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  16. Ed_wood

    Scream 4 was actually pretty good, Rio was just bad. I'll have to give Scream the best of the weekend.

    3 years agoby @ed-wood-78455318Flag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise and a 72% with RT is not bad at all

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise it had it's funny moments.

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  19. skywise

    @comicbookfan For me Craven is more about that nostalgic feeling i get watching his films because his (along with Carpenter...and the Exorcist) Were the filmakers/movies that gave me nightmares as a kid.

    However, When you look at someone like say, David Cronenberg who is still making fantastic movies even after all these years, it makes me sad that those other two seem to have lost their way. Its like they forgot what makes a good movie good.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  20. skywise

    Rio on the other hand is getting pretty bad reviews all round so i dont know. But i am not surprised...These CGI kids films ALWAYS Reign supreme. Hell, look at Hop...still clinging on for dear life.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  21. Dan

    Hahahahahaha!! Way to go, Rio. Shut down that tired horror series.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  22. skywise

    I want to scream scream 4 but first things first...i really want to see Hanna. I havnt heard anything but good reviews whereas S4 is kind of splitting audiences but then again...it is a genre niche movie. I love Craven (despite some of his craptastic films) so i will definatly see it.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  23. CelluloidDreams

    Saw "Scream 4" and "Rango"!!!

    "Scream 4" .. B-

    "Rango"... B-

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  24. Ghostman

    See ppl, Scream 4 is really good! don't listen to the haters; go see it! I'm on the same page as @lethal2damax and I sorta agree with @thedude1 becuz Craven hasn't been making great movies lately (My soul to Take) and it tarnished his image so that when he does make a great movie (Scream 4) ppl won't see it since they will think it'll suck becuz of all of earlier movies he made that were terrible. @Smitty-werbenjagermanjensen I'm pretty sure they will make Scream 5 since the 4th was intentionally the start of a new trilogy, and just because it does bad at the box-office doesn't mean they'll stop making sequels (look at Saw, number #1 4yrs straight and then their box-office numbers slipped from an avrg 55mil to a low 30mil and they still made 3 more installments after that)

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  25. Emmytt

    @bawnian-dexeus i dont know anymore

    3 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  26. CBF

    @thedude1 I agree. Wes Craven is legendary for the Nightmare on Elm Street and all 4 Scream films (preferably the first two by most fans), but he has other classics from the last decade such as Paris, Je t'Aime from 2006.

    3 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  27. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @emmytt well what do you expect?

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  28. Emmytt

    @ejk1 trust me i am not happy that people actually went and saw scream 4 in theaters i was just saying i am mad that rio made that much money

    3 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  29. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    The thing that I love about Blue Sky is that their films have been under $100,000,000 and have generated profits, with high quality :D

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  30. ejk1

    @emmytt "This just proves that no one really knows movies any more. They would rather see a another film with talking animals."

    As opposed to what, a third sequel?

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag