“Hop,” “Arthur” Give Russell Brand Box-Office Win
British comedian Russell Brand‘s voice proved more attractive than his acting as moviegoers chose to watch the animated film “Hop” over the remake of the 1981 hit comedy “Arthur.”
“Hop,” which features Brand as the voice of reluctant Easter Bunny E.B., grossed an estimated $21.7 million in its second weekend to push its 10-day total to $68.2 million. While “Hop” is certainly heading towards box-office success, the same cannot be said of Brand’s turn as binge-drinking playboy “Arthur,” which opened with a paltry $12.6 million, and was only a little better than the $12.3 million earned by fellow new release “Hannah,” a film about a teen assassin played by Saoirse Ronan.
Coming in at fourth spot with 11.1 million was “Soul Surfer,” a film based on the life story of surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm in a shark attack. “Soul Surfer” also features the film debut of singer Carrie Underwood. Natalie Portman’s recent Academy Awards victory failed to prevent her latest film from opening poorly as the R-rated “Your Highness” could only muster $9.5 million for sixth spot.
The Top 10 Movies in North America:
1 Hop (PG) $21.7M2
2 Arthur (PG-13) $12.6M
3 Hanna (PG-13) $12.3M
4 Soul Surfer (PG) $11.1M
5 Insidious (PG-13) $9.7M
6 Your Highness (R) $9.5M
7 Source Code (PG-13) $9.0M
8 Limitless (PG-13) $5.7M
9 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 (PG) $4.9M
10 The Lincoln Lawyer (R) $4.6M