Easter weekend was much better to the family friendly comedies than horror films. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family was the big debut of the weekend, taking home a solid $25.3 million, but it wasn’t quite enough to knock Anne Hathaway (pictured) and George Lopez's talking animals out of the top spot; Rio opened at number one last week and kept its spot with $26.8 million. Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and their circus romance opened at number three with Water for Elephants bringing in $17.5 million. The holiday was good for HOP; it brought home $12.5 million (compared to last week’s $11.2), but its place in the lineup nevertheless fell to number four. Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s Scream 4 suffered a significant drop – from second to fifth – and took home just $7.2 million, compared to last week’s $19.3. Disney’s nature documentary African Cats, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, opened at number six, bringing in $6.4 million. Soul Surfer, the true story of Bethanny Hamilton’s shark attack, starring AnnaSophia Robb, came in next, slipping from four to seven with $5.6 million. Supernatural horror Insidious drops to number 8, followed by Hanna, Cate Blanchett and Saorsie Ronan’s assassin mystery, which fell from the fifth spot to ninth with $5.3 million. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Source Code stays in the lower ranks again, rounding out the list with $5 million.

1. Rio, $26.8m; $81.2m

2. Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, $25.3m, $25.3m

3. Water For Elephants, $17.5m; $17.5m

4. HOP, $12.5m; $100.8m

5. Scream 4, $7.2m; $31.2m

6. African Cats, $6.4m; $6.4m


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7. SoulSurfer, $5.6m; $28.7m

8. Insidious, $5.4m; $44.2m

9. Hanna, $5.3m; $31.7m

10. Source Code, $5.1m, $44.7m

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