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Easter moviegoers flock to cartoon flick ‘Rio’

The bird adventure “Rio” led the Easter box office for a second weekend, fending off the debuts of Tyler Perry’s latest Madea comedy and Reese Witherspoon’s romantic outing with Robert Pattinson.

The bird adventure “Rio” led the Easter box office for a second weekend, fending off the debuts of Tyler Perry’s latest Madea comedy and Reese Witherspoon’s romantic outing with Robert Pattinson.

According to studio estimates issued yesterday, “Rio” sold an estimated $26.8 million worth of tickets during the three days beginning April 22. After 10 days, the animated hit has earned $81.3 million.

“Madea’s Big Happy Family” opened $25.8 million, falling short of actor/director/writer Perry’s previous films about the brassy black woman. “Madea Goes to Jail” opened to $41 million in 2009, and “Madea’s Family Reunion” to $30 million in 2006.

“Water for Elephants” came in at No. 3 with $17.5 million. The period drama, based on Sara Gruen’s best- selling book, stars Witherspoon as a Depression-era circus performer and “Twilight” hunk Pattinson as her forbidden lover.

The Easter Bunny live-action/animated hybrid “Hop” slipped one place to No. 4 with $12.5 million in its fourth weekend. The horror sequel “Scream 4” tumbled three to No. 5 with $7.2 million in its second weekend.

 
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