International box office: 'Rio' soars to top spot again

For the second consecutive weekend,
Rio, the animated 3D film, hovered in the top spot around the world. The comical and musical adventures of a blue macaw in Brazil collected $53.9 million in 62 countries.

The family film debuted in first in eight new markets, with the strongest performance in France at $4.7 million. It was also the biggest-ever opening in Venezuela with $1.4 million, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Directed by Brazil's Carlos Saldanha, Rio also climbed to first place in North America in its first weekend of release, earning $40 million, the largest opening in 2011, which brings the worldwide gross to $169.1 million.

In second, Wes Craven's Scream 4 made $18 million from 30 territories. The horror sequel came in first place in the UK, second in France and Brazil, third in Mexico, fourth in Australia, and fifth in Italy.

Scream 4 also reached second in the US, taking in $37.3 million worldwide.

Hop, featuring Russell Brand's voice, jumped up to third with $10.3 million in 45 territories for a worldwide total of $112.

The live-action animated movie about the Easter bunny opened in 14 new markets, including Mexico in second place, and bows in nine more countries this week.

Fourth this weekend was Sucker Punch, director Zack Snyder's fantasy thriller, with a take of $9.5 million in 55 countries.

The fifth spot is a tie for a couple of comedies with $5.8 million. The sci-fi send-up Paul is screening in 20 markets and romantic comedy Just Go With It starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in 63 territories.

Other films with strong performances internationally include sci-fi action film World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles with $4.6 million this weekend in 54 markets, Red Riding Hood, the redo of the fairy tale starring Amanda Seyfried with $4.5 million in 26 countries, and the thriller Source Code starring Jake Gyllenhall with a gross of $3.5 million in 22 markets.

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