'HOP' Set To Become 2011's First Genuine Surprise Hit

on April 02, 2011 by Phil Contrino

Universal's HOP is on pace to shatter expectations this weekend. The animated flick raked in $11.4 million on Friday, which should lead to $39 million by the end of its debut frame. Universal is doing an excellent job of nudging its way into the animation game. While HOP isn't likely to match the $251.5 million domestic haul of the studio's Despicable Me, there's no question now that it'll breeze past $100 million in order to become a solid hit.

Source Code is off to a modest start.The Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle grabbed $5 million on Friday. The action flick will perform well below other recent adult-skewing action flicks such as Limitless ($18.9 million debut) and The Adjustment Bureau ($20.3 million). Gyllenhaal's viability as a leading man is sure to be called into question in a major way after this opening.

With $4.8 million in the bank on Friday, Insidious was able to slightly exceed tame expectation. While the creators of Saw haven't launched a new mega-franchise, the debut is a respectable one.

Sucker Punch is going to fall off a cliff this weekend. The Warner Bros. is being plagued by a rush of unenthusiastic reviews from both critics and moviegoers.

Check back tomorrow for studio estimates.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.


Tags: HOP, Source Code, Insidious, Sucker Punch

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