HOP held onto first place on the eve of Scream 4 and Rio entering the marketplace.

‘HOP’ Edges Out ‘Hanna’ on Thursday

on April 15, 2011 by Daniel Garris

HOP topped the daily box office for the twelfth time over the past 14 days on Thursday. The Easter themed family film from Universal grossed $0.83 million, which was down 8 percent from Wednesday and down a sharp 58 percent from Thursday. That represented one of the day's poorer holds among wide releases, a sure sign that family audiences are now turning their attention towards Fox's Rio. Nonetheless, HOP was easily the top film of the week with $24.99 million and has now grossed a better than expected $71.44 million through two weeks of release.

Focus' Hanna finished in a very close second with $0.78 million. That placed Hanna just $48,548 behind HOP for the day. The PG-13 action film starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, and Eric Bana trailed slid 2 percent from Wednesday. With the exception of Wednesday's performance, Hanna held up nicely throughout its first week of release. The film grossed a better than expected $16.00 million this week to take second place for the frame. With the help of good word of mouth and reviews, Hanna will hope to continue to hold up well going forward.

Arthur grossed $0.69 million to hold steady in third place. Warner's PG-13 comedy starring Russell Brand, Helen Mirren and Jennifer Garner was down 3 percent from Wednesday. Arthur finished in third for the week with a lackluster $15.41 million. The film clearly appears to have taken a hit from the better than expected performance of Hanna and is likely to fade away fairly quickly going forward.

Universal's Your Highness was down one spot and down two percent from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five. The R-rated comedy starring Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman grossed $0.57 million for the day. Your Highness hasn't held up well thus far and it is unlikely that will change this weekend, especially with the R-rated Scream 4 entering the marketplace today. Your Highness grossed a disappointing $12.06 million in its first seven days, which placed the film in fifth for the week.

Sony's Soul Surfer rounded out its first week in theaters with a seventh place finish of $0.48 million. The TriStar drama starring AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid increased 2 percent over Wednesday. Soul Surfer opened in line with expectations last weekend, but didn't have much of a presence during the midweek. The film will hope to pick back up over the weekend. For the week Soul Surfer finished in fourth with $12.60 million.

Tags: Soul Surfer, Your Highness, Arthur, Hanna, HOP

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