Tuesday 17 October 2017

Macaw movie Rio keeps top US spot

Anne Hathaway stars in the new animated movie Rio
Anne Hathaway stars in the new animated movie Rio

Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg's talking macaws in Rio edged out Tyler Perry's sass-talking grandma in Madea's Big Happy Family at the weekend US cinema box office.

Rio, the animated family adventure took in 26.8 million US dollars to remain the top movie for the second-straight weekend, according to studio estimates.

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family debuted a close second with 25.8 million US dollars, another solid opening for writer-director Perry, who also stars as boisterous, opinionated grandma Madea.

Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson's circus romance Water For Elephants premiered in third place with 17.5 million US dollars.

"It's nice to have two movies in the top-three," said Bert Livingston, distribution executive for 20th Century Fox, which released both Rio and Water for Elephants.

The weekend's other new wide release, Disney's nature documentary African Cats, opened at number six with 6.4 million US dollars.

Morgan Spurlock's product-placement documentary POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold opened with fair but unremarkable business in limited release.

The latest from the maker of the hit documentary Super Size Me took in 135,139 US dollars in 18 theatres, averaging 7,508 US dollars a cinema.

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