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“Hop” atop “Arthur” at Friday box

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Russell Brand appeared to be beating Russell Brand as the box office got out to its early start Friday, though it was Brand’s holdover film, “Hop,” that was ahead of Brand’s newest film, “Arthur.”

The live-action Easter Bunny comedy took home an estimated $5.5 million on Friday to stake a claim on the No. 1 slot, if tracking holds, THR reports.

Brand’s “Arthur” remake, meanwhile, tracked slightly behind “Hop,” nabbing an estimated $4.5M on Friday night. It’s possible “Arthur” will pull ahead as the weekend progresses, though it’s more likely families will flock to move theaters Saturday and Sunday, giving “Hop” enough of a push to win its second consecutive weekend.

“Your Highness,’ the stoner comedy starring Oscar winner Natalie Portman and Oscar nominee James Franco, looks to have grabbed between $3.3 and $3.5M on Friday.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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