Rio” stays at No. 1 in North America and abroad

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In its sec­ond week­end in North Amer­ica and its third over­seas, ani­mated fam­ily adven­ture Rio remained the No. 1 movie at the box office in both domes­tic and for­eign receipts.

Star­ring the voices of Anne Hath­away and Jesse Eisen­berg, Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox’s talking-bird romance col­lected $26.8 mil­lion in the United States and Canada.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Fam­ily opened in a close sec­ond place with $25.8 million.

Over­seas, Rio was No. 1 for the third week­end in a row. Its $44.2 mil­lion gross made the cumu­la­tive for­eign tak­ings reach $204.7 mil­lion. It’s now col­lected $286 mil­lion worldwide.

Rio was screened abroad at 12,987 venues in 67 coun­tries. Directed by Rio de Janeiro native Car­los Sal­danha, it stayed at No. 1 in Brazil (mak­ing just under $30 mil­lion over three week­ends), Mex­ico ($17.6 mil­lion in three week­ends), France ($9.5 mil­lion over two week­ends), Spain and Italy.

It’s nice to have two movies in the top three,” said Bert Liv­ingston, dis­tri­b­u­tion exec­u­tive for 20th Cen­tury Fox, which released both Rio and Water for Ele­phants, the third-place fin­isher domestically.

Accord­ing to box-office track­ing com­pany Hollywood.com, North Amer­i­can receipts reached $138 mil­lion — 39% more than the same week­end last year, when How To Train Your Dragon was the cham­pion with $15.4 million.

Rio dropped just 32% in its sec­ond week­end in North Amer­ica, mak­ing a total of $81.3 mil­lion domestically.

Universal’s Hop, com­bin­ing ani­ma­tion and live action, was in fourth place domes­ti­cally with $12.5 mil­lion. It fin­ished third abroad, col­lect­ing $10.7 mil­lion from 4,400 screens in 53 coun­tries. It opened in third place in Brazil, bring­ing in $1 mil­lion from 296 locations.

So far, the Easter tale has made $47.2 mil­lion in for­eign theaters.

Esti­mated ticket sales for Fri­day through Sun­day at United States and Cana­dian the­aters were released by Hollywood.com. Final fig­ures are slated for release Monday.

[Via Asso­ci­ated Press — http://news.yahoo.com/…bGsDcmlvc3BlYWtzbG91, The Hol­ly­wood Reporter — http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/…ice-rio-takes-181742]

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