Sunday 26 March 2017

Brand gets US box office double

Russell Brand has two films in the top three at the US box office
Russell Brand has two films in the top three at the US box office

Russell Brand has the top two movies at the US box office after the weekend - with contrasting roles as a reluctant Easter bunny and a drunken billionaire.

Russell's animated comedy Hop remains the top movie for the second-straight weekend, taking 21.7 million dollars.

His new live-action comedy Arthur could not leap as high as Hop, but still made the number two slot, according to studio estimates.

The Warner Bros remake of Dudley Moore's 1981 romance about a rich, drunken man-child finally learning to grow up, Arthur was a distant second with a modest debut of 12.6 million dollars.

Opening close behind at number three with 12.3 million dollars was Focus Features' Hanna, the tale of a teenager trained as a killing machine that stars Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana and Saoirse Ronan.

Sony's Soul Surfer debuted at number four, taking 11.1 million dollars. The movie features AnnaSophia Robb in the real-life story of a surfer struggling toward a comeback after losing an arm in a shark attack.

The weekend's other new wide release, Universal's medieval action comedy Your Highness, opened at number six with 9.5 million dollars, weak results given a cast that includes James Franco and Natalie Portman.

With a solid second weekend, Brand's Easter bunny tale Hop raised its 10-day total to 68.2 million dollars. With Easter two weeks away, the Universal release still has room to roam at the box office.

"I'm so thrilled that we're so far ahead of the pack," said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution at Universal.

The poor results for Your Highness dimmed the mood at the studio, which had hoped more young males would turn out for the tale starring Franco, Portman and Danny McBride in a blend of supernatural action and frat-boy raunchiness.

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