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OTRC: Russell Brand's 'Hop' takes top spot at weekend box office

A scene from the 2011 film 'Hop.'

Russell Brand's family comedy feature "Hop," which mixed live action actors with CGI animated characters, debuted in first place at the weekend's box office with $38.1 million, according the Associated Press.

"Hop" follows Brand's teenage bunny E.B., who runs away to become a drummer in Los Angeles instead of taking over his father's (Hugh Laurie) duties as Easter Bunny at his chocolate factory. Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker accidentally hits E.B. with his car and ends up taking him in as he recovers. Turns out, the army of chicks who work in the factory have plans to take over Easter and E.B. has to fight to stop their evil plans. "Hop" matched the year's best debut, for "Rango," which opened a month ago with $38.1 million.

Jake Gyllenhaal's action thriller "Source Code" came in a distant second place with a cool $15.1 million and the haunted-house tale "Insidious" opened in third with $13.5 million.

Last weekend's box office champ, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules," fell to fourth place with just $10.2 million. The film has earned a total of $38.4 million for its two-week run.

Finishing out the top five is Bradley Cooper's "Limitless," which earned $9.4 million for the weekend and raised its total box office haul to $55.6 million.

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