Rio fends off Scream 4 at the Australian Box Office

Slasher flick Scream 4 could not scare off 3D animated hit Rio in its opening weekend at the Aussie box office.

Scream 4 – a highly-anticipated sequel which reunites director Wes Craven and his cast from the original – couldn’t put the knife into the Fox animated film, but still made almost $1.8 million from 187 screens, giving it a healthy average of $9619.

Universal’s Paul, written by and starring Shaun of the Dead legends Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, took in almost $2.2 million from 203 screens in its opening weekend, giving it a big average of $10,813, however it also fell to Rio.

Rio, featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland), had a 33 per cent increase on opening weekend, and raked in more than $3 million across 467 screens, giving it a screen average of $6546.

Another animated hit Hop, which had a massive opening in North America with $US37.5 million, came in third in its second weekend, making $2.1 million from 256 screens. 

Meanwhile Warner Bros’ action fantasy film Sucker Punch, which local vendor Animal Logic worked on, took in $884,460 from 248 screens and dark fantasy flick Red Riding Hood, shot by Melbourne cinematographer Mandy Walker, made just $227,871 in its fourth week.

The only Aussie film at the local box office, Griff The Invisible, made $2606 from just one screen. Since opening on March 17, the Paramount/Transmission quirky rom-com has made $198,072.

Mars Needs Moms, distributed by Walt Disney, continued its dismal run making just $70,883 across 109 screens in its first weekend in Australia, giving it a low screen average of $650.

Films opening this week include Fast and the Furious 5, Arthur and Thor.

Australian films at the local box office:

 Opening w/e
 Box Office
Wasted On The Young
Griff The Invisible
The Reef
Pinnacle Films
A Heartbeat Away

 Source: MPDAA, IF