'Hop' skips to box-office lead with $38.1M debut

By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Easter bunny has hopped into the top spot at the weekend box office.

Russell Brand’s family comedy “Hop” debuted at No. 1 with $38.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

With Brand providing the voice of the reluctant new Easter bunny, “Hop” bound well beyond the expectations of industry analysts, who had figured the movie would debut in the $25 million range.

“Hop” matched the year’s best debut, for “Rango,” which opened a month ago with $38.1 million.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s action thriller “Source Code” debuted at No. 2 with $15.1 million. The haunted-house tale “Insidious” opened at No. 3 with $13.5 million.

The previous weekend’s top movie, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,” fell to No. 4 with $10.2 million, raising its total to $38.4 million.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.