No one flipped the bird over Easter. Rio was Number One at the box office this weekend for the second week in a row with $28.8 Million. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family premiered in Second Place with $25.7 Million. Water for Elephants premiered in Third Place with $17.5 Million. Hop was Fourth with $12.4 Million for $100.5 Million so far. Scream 4 was Fifth with $7.1 Million. African Cats (which premiered this weekend), Soul Surfer, Insidious, Hanna, and Source Code rounded out the top ten respectively.
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family is an 2011 comedy-drama film based on the Tyler Perry play of the same name and the eleventh film in the Tyler Perry film franchise. It stars Loretta Devine, Shad “Bow Wow” Moss, David Mann, Cassi Davis, Tamela Brown Mann, Lauren London, Isaiah Mustafa, Rodney Perry, Shannon Kane, and Tyler Perry.
Water for Elephants is a 2011 American drama film based on Sara Gruen’s novel of the same name, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Reese Witherspoon as Marlena Rosenbluth, Robert Pattinson as Jacob Jankowski, and Christoph Waltz as August Rosenbluth. Hal Holbrook will play the older Jacob Jankowski. Other cast members include Mark Povinelli as Kinko/Walter, Jim Norton as Camel, Scott MacDonald as Blackie, James Frain as Rosie’s caretaker, Ken Foree as Earl and Paul Schneider as Charlie O’Brien.
African Cats is a nature documentary film directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill about several lions and cheetahs trying to survive on the African savannah. The film is the third release by Disneynature, following Oceans, and was released in theaters on Earth Day, April 22, 2011. The film is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and features the song “The World I Knew” by Season Six American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. A portion of the proceeds for the film are being donated to the African Wildlife Foundation and their effort to preserve Kenya’s Amboseli Wildlife Corridor.