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'Hop' skips to box-office lead w/ $38.1M debut

A scene from the 2011 movie, 'Hop.' (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures / Relativity Media / Illumination Entertainment)

April 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Russell Brand's family comedy "Hop" debuted at the top of the weekend box office with $38.1 million.

The movie leapt well beyond the expectations of industry analysts, who had figured the movie would debut in the $25 million range.

"Hop" matched the year's best debut for "Rango," which opened a month ago with $38.1 million.

The film follows a runaway bunny, voiced by Brand, who finds refuge with a grown-up slacker, played by James Marsden.

Jake Gyllenhaal's thriller "Source Code" debuted at No. 2 with $15.1 million, and the haunted-house flick "Insidious" opened at No. 3 with $13.5 million.

Last weekend's top movie, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules," fell to No. 4 with $10.2 million, raising its total to $38.4 million.

1. "Hop," $38.1 million.

2. "Source Code," $15.1 million.

3. "Insidious," $13.5 million.

4. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules," $10.2 million.

5. "Limitless," $9.4 million.

6. "The Lincoln Lawyer," $7.1 million.

7. "Sucker Punch," $6.1 million.

8. "Rango," $4.6 million.

9. "Paul," $4.3 million.

10. "Battle: Los Angeles," $3.5 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.