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“Rio” rocks the box while “Scream” builds steam


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: As expected, 20th Century Fox’s animated “Rio” got off to a fast start at the weekend box office, while the fourth “Scream” proved there’s still a little life in the formidable slasher franchise.

Carlos Saldanha’s “Rio,” about an insecure bird (Jesse Eisenberg) learning to fly in the Brazilian capital, earned an estimated $10 million on Friday night, according to THR. That puts the film on track for a potential $40-million opening weekend (which would rival competitor “Rango” and keep pace with other family films that have opened strong this year).

“Overseas, the family film has grossed nearly $80 million in less than a week, the best performance of the year,” THR notes, ensuring the folks at Fox are singing praises for “Rio” as it continues to entertain.

Wes Craven’s “Scream 4,” which reunites most members of the original film, wasn’t too far behind, stabbing its way to roughly $9 million in Friday grosses. The sequel could push its way to $21M on the weekend, which is slightly below studio expectations but still would be a solid opening for the flick.

We’ll have full weekend estimates on Sunday, with actuals coming on Monday.

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