“Hop” leads box office after strong Friday

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Universal’s Easter comedy “Hop” appears ready to drop into the record books this weekend with a healthy box office grab after a strong Friday start.

The live-action/animation hybrid, which stars Russell Brand as the voice of the up-and-coming Easter Bunny, earned an estimated $11 million on Friday night to lead all newcomers. The family film should do even better on Saturday and Sunday, when kids are out of school and families are crowding the multiplexes. THR notes that “Hop” could do north of $35M this weekend, making it a hit for Universal.

But “Hop” won’t be the only film jumping for joy. “Source Code” and “Insidious” both opened well on Friday, pulling in an estimated $5M and $4M, respectively, giving each a hope of reaching $15M by Sunday night.

And THR reports that Matthew McConaughey’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” “showed the lowest drop of any film on the Top 10 chart, declining only 30% from the previous Friday,” so it could have a decent weekend once again.

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