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Weekend Box Office: ‘Hop’ To The Top

('Hop," featuring the voice of Russell Brand, wins the weekend box office.)

(‘Hop,” featuring the voice of Russell Brand, wins the weekend box office.)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In one of the strongest box office showings of the year to date, Hop raced to a first-place finish.

The Easter Bunny comedy for kids, a mix of live action and animation featuring the voice of Russell Brand, earned an estimated $38 million in its weekend debut.

Second place was held down by another new release Source Code, the high-tech science fiction thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal. It took in $15 million on its initial weekend.

Third was the weekend’s other new mainstream release, the horror thriller Insidious, with $14 million.

That dropped last weekend’s leader, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, all the way down to the fourth spot with a second-weekend total of $10 million.

The holdover Limitless rounded out the top five with $9 million.

Overall, industry-wide ticket sales were respectable, but totals were well short of those on the counterpart weekend last year.

Reported by Bill Wine, KYW Newsradio

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