Movie fans not “Hoodwinked” by Weinstein sequel

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Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

There was no happy beginning at the box office for Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil this weekend.

Distributed by The Weinstein Company, the animated sequel opened at a dismal sixth place, making just $4.1 million in United States and Canadian theaters.

Hoodwinked Two! has a teenage Red Riding Hood (voiced by Hayden Panettiere) recruited into a secret organization to probe Hansel and Gretel’s disappearance. Other stars in the film include Patrick Warburton as the Big Bad Wolf, as well as Joan Cusack and Amy Poehler.

It was shown in 2,505 theaters for an average of $1,653 per venue.

In first place was the live-action Fast Five, the fifth installment in the series about street racers. It collected a record $83.6 million for Comcast Corp. Universal Pictures. Screened in 3,644 theaters, it made an enormous $22,950 per screen.

The animated Rio, from Twentieth Century Fox, fell to second place after two weeks at the top of the charts. Featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, the bird tale made $14.4 million this past weekend, researcher Box-Office said in an e-mailed statement.

Rio was seen in 3,708 theaters for an average of $3,883 per screen. It has made $103.6 million so far, with revenues down 45% this weekend from last.

In ninth place, Universal’s partly animated Hop made $2.6 million over its fifth weekend, contributing to a $105.3 million domestic haul. Revenues dropped 79% over the previous weekend. It was seen in 3,176 locations, collecting just $805 per screen.

Box-office revenue in the United States rose for the third weekend in a row. Revenue for the top 12 films this past weekend reached $142.5 million, 55% more than the same time last year.

[Via Bloomberg —…n-for-universal.html]

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