rio 1 'Rio' stifles 'Scream 4' at Friday's box officeAnimated birds trumped snarky horror fans at Friday’s box office as “Rio” opened ahead of “Scream 4.”

“Rio,” a G-rated 3-D animated movie featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, earned an estimated $10.2 million on Friday (April 15), putting it on pace for an opening-weekend take of $30 million or more. That’s in line with pre-release forecasts.

“Scream 4,” meanwhile, was a bit of a disappointment on its opening day. The latest installment in Wes Craven‘s meta-horror series made $8 million to finish in second — not a bad start, but lower than what most box-office watchers were expecting. It’s expected to make in the neighborhood of $20 million for the weekend, which would put it well behind the openings of both 1997’s “Scream 2” ($32.9 million) and 2000’s “Scream 3” ($34.7 million).

There was a pretty big drop from second to third place, where last week’s leader, “Hop,” and “Insidious” tied for third place with $2.3 million each. “Hanna” and “Soul Surfer” tied for fifth, each making an estimated $2.1 million.

A little further down the list, the Robert Redford-directed drama “The Conspirator,” which opened on just over 700 screens, made $1.1 million.

Posted by:Rick Porter