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Movies Released April 15, 2011

This Year in Movies - Rio and Scream 4 open in wide release this weekend. After a slow weekend, theaters are set for a mid-April bounce. The 2011 box office has yet to see a $40 million open, but there could have two this weekend. Animated movies have already dominated the box office with Rango and Hop both opening in the high $30 millions and the streak is set to continue. Directed by Carlos Saldanha, who was a co-director on Ice Age and Robots, Rio will head to Brazil and potentially cash-in at cinemas in the mid-$40 million range, according to trader on The Hollywood Stock Exchange. In a likely second place, Wes Craven's Scream 4 with Neve Campbell and a host of returning and new younger stars is aiming for an open in the high $30 millions. However, in 2000, Scream 3 debuted with $34.7 million. With higher ticket prices, a similar debut today would be over $50 million. If the Scream franchise retained its old fans and manages to bring new horror fans in, there could be a lot of sold out showings Friday night.

Last weekend, Hop collected an addition $21.2 million. It was a bit larger drop than expected, but the second weekend was down from a very strong first weekend. In a close race for second, Hanna managed to adapt past Arthur. $12.4 million for Hanna was a bit stronger than predicted, while the $12.2 million for Arthur was a letdown. Soul Surfer arrived in 4th with $10.6 million. In fifth place, Insidious had a great second weekend dropping less than 30%. The biggest disappointment of the weekend was likely Your Highness. The movie missed the mark at the box office and with critics (25% on Rotten Tomatoes). Expect a rapid drop off this upcoming weekend.... Read More
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Rio poster

Rio 3,826 theaters

Anne Hathaway Leslie Mann Rodrigo Santoro Jesse Eisenberg

Set in the magnificent city of Rio de Janeiro and the lush rainforest of Brazil, the comedy-adventure centers on Blu, a rare macaw who thinks he is the last of his kind. ... more

The Conspirator poster

The Conspirator 707 theaters

Justin Long Evan Rachel Wood Stephen Root Alexis Bledel

In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are then arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, the Vice-President, and the S... more

Scream 4 poster

Scream 4 3,305 theaters

David Arquette Courteney Cox-Arquette Neve Campbell Hayden Panettiere

"Scream 4" sees the return of the three main characters, along with a group of new stars. Said to jump-start a proposed new trilogy of the franchise.

Atlas Shrugged Part 1 poster

Atlas Shrugged Part 1 299 theaters

Grant Bowler Michael Lerner Nick Cassavetes Matthew Marsden

After an economic collapse in the near-future United States, its top innovators and industrialists mysteriously disappear amid the growing power of politicians.

Fly Away poster

Fly Away Limited

Greg Germann JR Bourne Beth Broderick Elaine Hall

Based on the award-winning short Flying Lessons, Fly Away tells the moving story of a single mother, Jeanne, grappling with the challenge of raising her autistic teenage ... more

Square Grouper poster

Square Grouper New York

A documentary about Miami's pot smuggling culture in the 1970s and 1980s through three colorful stories of marijuana smugglers.

Armadillo poster

Armadillo Limited

In February 2009, documentary filmmaker Janus Metz accompanied a group of Danish soldiers at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and ... more

The Princess of Montpensier poster

The Princess of Montpensier 3 theaters

To increase his family’s prestige, the Marquis de Mézières forces Marie to marry the Prince de Montpensier, whom she has never met.

Dumbstruck poster

Dumbstruck 1 theater

A look at the Vent Haven Convention, which bills itself as the ventriloquism capital of the world.

The Double Hour poster

The Double Hour Limited

A former cop is a luckless veteran of the speed-dating scene in Turin, but much to his surprise, he meets a chambermaid at a high-end hotel and the two hit it off. After ... more

The Imperialists Are Still Alive! poster

The Imperialists Are Still Alive! Limited

A variety of young emigres working in upper-class New York City while dealing with issues of assimilation and xenophobia.


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